Chen Weijian, who was born with congenital cataracts, teaches autistic children piano lessons under special lighting that keeps them calm, turning the classes into a form of therapy.
Chen, 33, was born with congenital cataracts 16 years ago, rendering him completely blind. Although he has previously undergone intraocular lens surgery, he can only distinguish objects within about half a meter.
A professional piano tuner, Chen has loved playing the instrument since he was a kid. He used to work at a piano manufacturing company, tuning new pianos for production, but spending so much time in the workshop every day amidst loud noise made his ears suffer. He found a job adjusting personal pianos, and although it’s not as lucrative, he finds it fulfilling.
Every day he goes to local rehabilitation centers and community service centers to teach autistic children how to play the piano. Chen has five students, and notes that the effect of music therapy for people with autism can be seen over a long period of time.
By Isabel Quan