Almost three years of pandemic restrictions have been hard for 23-year-old Chinese villager Zu Wenbao, but thanks to Beijing-based Chen's Studio, music has become his saving grace.
Zu is one of the 14 million people in China who have autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Despite laws to ensure the integration of people with autism, many in China know little about the disorder and support remains lacking, experts say.
"To some degree, I think music might be their language."
(Photography by Tingshu Wang; Reporting by Josh Arslan; Writing by Farah Master; Photo editing by Eve Watling and Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson; Text editing by Miral Fahmy; Layout by Eve Watling)