1. Three days of presentations at a national conference in Beijing with 140 teachers and program directors, which was full capacity for the meeting room.
2. Two days of presentations at a regional conference in Changsha with more than 120 teachers, program directors, and parents, some of who were sitting it the aisles. Some of the attendees came from other provinces and took as long as nine hours by train to get to the conference.
3. Three days of training with the staff at Stars and Rain.
4. Responded to numerous questions from staff and parents with children with autism in four other programs in and around Changsha.
5. Met with the staff of the Beijing Normal University Philanthropy Research Institute, which focuses on research and policy development at a national level. Heartspring has been asked to assist them in the development of national education standards for special education.
6. Established contacts for future training and relationships with programs in Peru, Indonesia, and Australia.
7. Established the framework for the second China delegation to visit Heartspring later this year.
8. Stars and Rain requested our assistance in coordinating an international conference next year in Beijing, which will also be the celebration of their 20th anniversary as an organization.
9. Promoted international goodwill in areas of the country less visited by Americans.
We much appreciate the warm reception that we received wherever we went, the numerous volunteer translators, the hosts of our many meals and evenings together in Beijing, Changsha and surrounding areas, and the Stars and Rain Education Institute for Autism for the coordination of the three weeks of training and their financial support for the project.