The Dinosaur Pouch That Broke The Internet
When Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, carried this white and blue dinosaur-printed pouch to meet The Obamas at the White House, the interwebs were ablaze. Not the branded leather handbag many a woman of her stature would be carrying - but a cutesy denim pouch designed by a 19-year-old who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
We at Asia For Good are just thrilled to see someone so high-profile showing how easy it is to be socially conscious. Simply buying and using a product that shows the abilities of a teen with ASD -particularly in a world that focuses so on their disability - was a wonderful use of her platform for good.
While that adorable pouch is now sold out (and available for pre-order at Pathlight's online store), here are three other products created by talented designers with ASD.
1. A Mother's Wish Scarf
These silk scarves ($55) are digitally printed versions of a painting by young artist Jean-Sebastien Choo, a 20-year-old Singaporean with ASD. Pictured wearing the scarf are actress Sharon Au (who posted this photo on her instagram account @sharonau13 ) and Jean-Sebastien's mum, Kah Ying whose social enterprise A Mother's Wish sells her sons's paintings and scarves.
2. Arts@Metta Ceramic Elephant
Hand-made by special needs youth from Arts@Metta, this adorable ceramic elephant ($12) fits in the palm of your hand and comes in a wide range of colours. We love their other products too, recyclable carrier bags with orchid prints, bookmarks and coasters.
3. Flax by Wise Mimosa Leather USB Drive
We're big fans of Flax by Wise's leather goods which are designed by talented Singaporeans with Muscular Dystrophy. This pocket-sized USB drive ($18) is just one of their smaller items. Their range of premium leather handbags are a treat, and would not look out of place in the office or, ahem, at a White House state dinner.