About the project

“Loneliness Syndrome” is the literal translation of “autism” in Chinese and an accurate description of its symptoms and that of other mental or intellectual disabilities.

Currently, there are 12 million intellectually disabled people in China. Just like in many parts of the world, they are institutionalized, isolated at home, or marginalized. 

Huiling Beijing is a daycare for adults with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. It is a safe place that offers parents, especially aging parents, a way to relieve some of the stress inherent in caring for disabled “children”. But with high rent and a lack of governmental and social support, the institution is barely surviving— two of its five branches have already closed. 

This project tells the story of five disabled adults who are currently under the institute’s or their parents’ guardianship. As their parents age and as institutions close, their future is uncertain.