The Hong Kong Institute of Education has launched a three-year project to help children with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. Project Aspire has received $4 million in donations, half from Merrill Lynch. Characteristics of Asperger's children include normal or superior intelligence, well developed vocabulary and good memory. They show a lack of normal interest in people around them, narrow interests, failure to understand non-verbal social cues, speech and language peculiarities, lack of imagination, and clumsiness. 'There is a general lack of knowledgable support for such children,' said project supervisor Winifred Ip Fok Woon-yee. 'We believe dedication and support from parents and teachers can help them better develop their potential.' The project will take in a maximum of 15 Asperger's children aged under six in Tai Po and nearby districts each year. Each group of students will be enrolled in a 12-month support programme. Tel 2948 1311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.