A Mother’s Wish for My Autistic Son Coming True — Bali 2.0
by Choo Kah Ying
What will happen to my autistic son when I am gone? Back in 2014, I created A Mother's Wish in an endeavor to create a community that could be there for my son, when I would no longer be around. I knew it would take a “village” to raise an autistic individual — a very special one — one that would need to have the heart, stamina, and spirit to go the distance. For this is what it will take to love an autistic individual, particularly a non-verbal one, as he grows into adulthood and beyond.
It didn’t happen for us in Singapore. But little did I know that the seeds of A Mother’s Wish community will end up being planted in a little village in a relatively remote part of Bali, away from the motley crowds. And hopefully, Sebastien, my autistic son, can finally find peace and joy in a place where he can truly belong.
My autistic son Sebastien's drawing and coloring of a house in nature back in 2014.
This is where we are collaborating with the locals, some of whom have interacted closely with Sebastien, and marshaling our resources to build a new home for him.
It's there where my desired values — that the home should be built in the spirit of shared trust, connection, honesty, transparency, and a collective commitment to the emphasis of care and joy for everyone involved for the sake of Sebastien — have resonated with everyone on board. This is how we are building Bali 2.0 — building back better.