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Special: Disabled share Chinese dream

2013-09-18 10:08

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Although they have various disabilities, they have made friends, mastered job skills and created value for society. They face different challenges in finding jobs, but they can support themselves financially and emotionally after consistently hard work.

Disabled people share Chinese dream: vice premier

China has about 85 million disabled people that share the Chinese dream of rejuvenating the nation and living a better life, said a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday.

The Chinese dream describes the prospect of national prosperity, rejuvenation and people's happiness, said Zhang Gaoli, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, in his opening address to the sixth national congress of the China Disabled Persons' Federation.

"The dream belongs to every Chinese person, including the 85 million disabled people," said Zhang, also China's vice premier, in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Tuesday's session was attended by Party and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan and Wang Qishan, as well as more than 600 delegates across China. >>>


New research shows that 28 percent of school-aged children with disabilities in China still cannot be enrolled at school.

Special: Disabled share Chinese dream

A report by the China Disabled Persons' Federation on Tuesday said that by the end of last year 91,000 children with disabilities remained outside the State education system. These children with special needs face considerably more difficulties in accessing education than their able-bodied counterparts, who have a 99.85 percent enrollment rate.

However, the report said the situation has improved in the past five years, while the number of illiterate school-aged children has dropped on a yearly basis. >>>

Special: Disabled share Chinese dream

Special: Disabled share Chinese dream

More disabled people get higher education

Some 35,000 disabled people were enrolled by China's regular higher education institutions from 2008 to 2012, according to a statement issued by the China Disabled Persons' Federation on Wednesday.

In addition, 5,296 people were recruited in the country's special education colleges, according to the statement.

Public welfare funding from China's lottery provided 21,000 sponsorship packages for disabled children's pre-school education within the period, while other funds channeled through various means benefited 11,000 such children, the statement said. >>>


Poll: Companies willing to hire disabled

Most companies are willing to hire people with disabilities if they qualify for open positions, amid increasing awareness about corporate social responsibility and laws and regulations designed to protect the disadvantaged, a poll has found.

In the poll of 161 mostly privately owned businesses, conducted by the China Enterprise Confederation and International Labor Organization, 75 percent of respondents said they would like to employ people with disabilities, mainly because they believe these applicants have higher professional skills and companies have a social responsibility to employ them.

But NGO leaders and industry insiders warn that prejudice against people with disabilities continues and that there is a gap between companies' workforce demands and applications from disabled people. >>>

Type of disabilities hired (125 enterprise respondents) Salary level of disabled employees (104 respondents)

Type of disability

Number of enterprises

Percentage Salary level

Number of enterprises


Hearing or language difficulty






Physical disability



Equal to others



Visual disability






China to expand employing the disabled

At least one disabled person should be employed in China's provincial-level Party or government organs and municipal working committees for the disabled by 2020, according to an official statement. >>>

Employment of disabled Chinese booming

Around 4.45 million disabled urban residents and 17.7 million rural people in China were employed as of the end of 2012, new data has indicated. >>>

Stories of disabled employees

"The small tailoring workshop is where my dream came true. My partners with hearing impairment and I depended on each other to make it happen. We, persons with disabilities, also have dreams, which will come true as long as we work hard." This is the introduction of a Weibo account named "Dolma's Dream".

Special: Disabled share Chinese dream
Sun Xiayan: Make employees with disabilities enjoy working in my shop

The mid-summer of Wuhan is not very hot but still humid and suffocating due to the coming rain. Inside presently cool rooms of the beautiful Central-South Garden Hotel of Wuhan, youth leaders with disabilities are having a good time together. >>>

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Wu Yaohuan: Passing on strengthen to others

Every day at employment registration window of Fujian employment service center for persons with disabilities, Wu Yaohuan is busy recording employment information on the computer with his left hand, answering questions posted online or told through phone calls and contacting local enterprises to ask for more employment opportunities. >>>

"If you only learned how to massage after my class, that's would be my failure",said a teacher full of charm and his own style in Ziqiang Specialized Secondary School, Shanxi Province. His name is Xie Jianjian. His colleague Ren Jun said that, he is very popular among his students. They all regard him as a very cute cartoon character and love to interact with him. >>>

During 26-30 August 2013, Wuhan Training Camp for Youth Leaders with Disabilities in Wuhan, which is held by ILO and other partners, there is a young man walking around to help others or talking about his experience visiting US and see how supported employment are working there. This young man names Yan Shang.

Life care

Chinese growth in disabled care: new figures

Nearly 12.2 million disabled Chinese people received treatment and recovered from their conditions to different degrees between the start of 2008 and the end of 2012, according to data released by the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) on Tuesday. >>>

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More disabled lifted out of poverty

Nearly 10.18 million disadvantaged disabled people received aid from 2008 to 2012, with 4.88 million people rising above the poverty line, according to the China Disabled Persons' Federation on Friday. >>>

Network to take care of mentally ill

More than 3 million Chinese patients with serious mental disorders have been registered under a nationwide network of hospitals and heath administrations so that they can get better care. >>>

Visually impaired call for audio bank codes

A group campaigning for banks to make online services more accessible for visually impaired customers has renewed its call for regulating authorities to look into CAPTCHA codes. >>>

Lessons from abroad

Special: Disabled share Chinese dream
In her sexual fantasies, she is a fit and impetuous blonde who dominates her male partners. In real life, she is a virgin who relies on an electric wheelchair, her body touched only by home care aides and medical personnel. >>>

Special: Disabled share Chinese dream
How to cope with an aging society

As those of the post-1980 generation become the main breadwinners in China, one of the biggest questions is how the country will be able to support old people, who account for an ever growing proportion of the population. >>>