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‘It’s Okay Not To Be Okay’ actor Oh Jung-se takes autistic fan to Lotte World for second time

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  • In a heartwarming moment, actor Oh Jung-se spent time with an autistic fan for a second time at Lotte World.
  • Oh, who played the autistic character Moon Sang-tae in the 2020 K-drama “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay,” first met cellist Bae Boum-jun in 2020.
  • The first time Oh took Bae to Lotte World, Oh showed up as his character Moon Sang-tae, donning the same outfit seen in the show.
  • According to his sister, Bae felt that he deeply related to Sang-tae and begged to meet the character so that he could “protect” and “make Sang Tae feel better.”
  • After reaching out for a second meeting, Oh agreed and although he did not show up as the character Sang-tae, he reportedly cared for Bae like a brother.

“It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” actor Oh Jung-se took a cello-playing autistic fan to Lotte World for the second time after promising to meet again once he was finished with self-quarantine.

Oh played an autistic character named Moon Sang-tae in the 2020 hit K-drama “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay.” The series follows a man, Moon Kang-tae, who works at a psychiatric hospital where he meets Ko Moon-young, a famous children’s books author who has antisocial personality disorder. Oh played the brother of Kang-tae in the series.

12-year-old Filipino girl barred from living with her parents in New Zealand due to her autism

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  • A 12-year-old girl from the Philippines, Arianna Alfonzo, has been denied a visa to New Zealand due to her autism.
  • New Zealand’s immigration policies limit the entry of people with disabilities or illnesses based on an evaluation of “high-cost” medical conditions.
  • Although both of her parents have residency status in New Zealand, Alfonzo has been living with her mother in the Philippines since her father moved to work in New Zealand six years ago.
  • Alfonzo’s application for a visitor visa was denied in 2018.
  • New Zealand Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March requested last year that Associate Immigration Minister Phil Twyford intervene on Alfonzo’s behalf; however, the request was denied.

Despite both of her parents having residency status in New Zealand, a 12-year-old girl from the Philippines has been denied entry due to her autism.

Arianna Alfonzo has lived in the Philippines apart from her father while he has worked in New Zealand for the past six years. In 2018, Arianna’s application for a visitor visa was rejected after it was determined that she did not meet “acceptable standards of health.”

Cherokee County father fatally shoots his teenage daughter before killing himself


A 57-year-old Cherokee County father, Howard Newhouse, fatally shot his 19-year-old  daughter before killing himself.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a home in the Bridge Mill subdivision in Canton, Georgia, at approximately 5:45 p.m. on March 19 and found the bodies of Newhouse and his daughter. The officials confirmed that Newhouse had shot his daughter, Kathryn Newhouse, before committing suicide by shooting himself.

Trial set for autistic Cambodian teen whose house was stormed by nearly 20 armed officers over insult on messaging app

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The trial for an autistic Cambodian teenager accused of insulting local government officials is set to begin Sept. 29. 

Jailed over Telegram: Kak Sovann Chhay, the 16-year-old son of two government opposition figures, was arrested for allegedly sending messages that were deemed insulting to officials from the ruling party on an app called Telegram, BBC reported. 

Japanese Scientists Test Nasal Spray That May Alleviate Symptoms of Autism


Japanese scientists are currently testing a nasal spray that could reportedly alleviate symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental disorder that almost one in every 100 people in Japan have.

Common symptoms of the disorder include difficulties in social interactions, emotional understanding, and communication. While some affected children are often taught the skills necessary to cope in the form of special therapies, adults do not have as many options.

7-Year-Old Chinese Boy With Autism Earns $16,000 Teaching Yoga

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Meet Sun Chuyang, the youngest yoga instructor in all of China — perhaps even the youngest in the world.

At the very young age of seven, Sun, who comes from Taizhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, is already making tons of money. According to China Daily, he’s earned more than 100,000 yuan ($15,930) from teaching yoga, the group physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline that originated in ancient India.

Korean-American Scientist Couple Discovers Major New Cause of Autism

A Korean-American couple may have found one of the causes of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that has puzzled scientists from all over the world since it was first described in the 1940s.

Harvard Medical School faculty member and former assistant professor at UMass Medical School, Jun-ryeol Huh, and his wife, Gloria Choi, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, claim to have identified not only what causes the disorder that can affect how the brain develops, but also potential techniques to preventing and reversing the disorder’s effects through their experiments and observations of mice.

Family of Autistic Teen Who Died Trapped in Hot School Bus Wins $23.5 Million Settlement

A family in Whittier, California finally got some closure after they were awarded a $23.5 million settlement after their 19-year-old autistic son died after being left inside a hot school bus almost two years ago.

On September 11, 2015, Hun Joon “Paul” Lee was left inside a hot school bus after the driver failed to notice that he didn’t get off at his stop, according to KTLA. It was 96 degrees that day and all the windows were closed. A few hours later, the driver was notified that Lee was missing and he found him unresponsive in his bus — Lee was pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.