Chinese charitable organization raises millions selling paintings by people with autism

A charitable organization in China has raised millions of dollars selling 36 colourful paintings made by autistic members of the World of Art Brut Culture.

The paintings went on sale in digital format in the middle of August for a minimum donation of 1 yuan.

But when it started circulating on social media platform WeChat, its popularity went soaring. Some 5.8 million people bought the paintings.

Many buyers said that they felt compassion for people with autism and wanted to support them.

The funds would be used to improve the lives of people with autism, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome and to help them integrate into society. WABC offers free art classes for children and adults with disabilities at its 10 branches in China.

There are more than 10 million people with autism in China. The disorder ranges in its severity and affects social skills, behaviour and speech.

Art is just one of the many ways in which people with autism like to express themselves.