Keyword: Disabilities

Shanghai café and center for people with autism reopens

Shanghai’s “Love Café” (in Chinese 爱咖啡), which serves as a support-base for people with autism, is scheduled to reopen this coming week. The new site will be on the first floor of the Shanghai Youth Activity Center (188 Hanzhong Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai). The café was forced to close it’s previous venue on the 2nd of May. In the meanwhile, the enterprise has gathered much support from the community. Over 100 organizations and individuals have offered to lend a hand, among them many famous institutions such as the Shanghai Grand Theater. AIU Insurance also donated personal accident insurance for the children who attend the café, so that the volunteers and their parents …read more

Double amputee from China reaches Everest summit

Double amputee from China reaches Everest summit

Double amputee Xia Boyu, 69, successfully completed his fifth attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest a few days ago. What follows is his inspiring story. Born in 1949, Xia Boyu was an athletic individual, becoming a member of the Chinese mountaineering association at the age of 25. Nicknamed by his team mates the “fire god” for his ability to persevere through the cold, Boyu was the picture of health. In 1975, he embarked on his first attempt to climb Mount Everest. After climbing up to an altitude of 8600 meters, the Chinese team were stopped in their tracks by an aggressive change in the weather and had to …read more

Shanghai café staffed by people with autism forced to close

Shanghai café staffed by people with autism forced to close

A Shanghai cafe’ that functioned as a social enterprise helping people with autism has been forced to close only a month after opening. The Love Café (in Chinese 爱咖啡) held its inauguration ceremony in Jing’an Park, Shanghai, on the 2rd of April, World Autism Awareness Day. Sponsored and managed by the famous musician Cao Peng and his daughter Cao Xiaoxia, the location also served as a “social practice center” for people with autism, who made up most of the staff. The place quickly gained popularity on the internet through numerous media reports and by word of mouth, even though it had not even officially opened for business. However, customers and parents …read more

Parents of autistic children start a crowdfunding to build a 500-acre-town in Anhui for their children

The Beijing Kangnazhou Autism Family Support Center held an introductory and promotional event for its Xing Xing Xiao Zhen (星星小镇) program in Haidian District, Beijing on November 12. The main purposes of the event were to introduce the Xing Xing Xiao Zhen, a planned town that is specifically designed for children suffering from autism, and recruit more parents to develop the town together. Nearly a hundred parents of autistic children attended the meeting, most of them with children in their teens and 20s. The reference models of Xing Xing Xiao Zhen are the Zelkova Home (Keyaki no Sato) in Japan and the Camphill Communities. The Zelkova Home was established in …read more

Diamond Cab: Hong Kong's barrier-free taxi service

Diamond Cab: Hong Kong’s barrier-free taxi service

“A wheelchair is just a tool; its appearance and meaning are defined by human intelligence; A diamond is just a mineral; its implication and value are inherited by human’s creativity.” —- The founder of “Diamond Cab”, Doris Leung Ordinary taxis in Hong Kong do not have enough space to place wheelchairs, while the Kangfu bus (康复巴士) and the Yidao cars (易达轿车), which can carry wheelchairs, are generally difficult to book. The mini-vans known as 客货车, which are easier to book, are usually illegal, charge higher than the market price and lack safety equipment, so that the passengers’ safety cannot be guaranteed. The founder of “Diamond Cab” (钻的), Ms. Doris Leung, used to …read more

Tsinghua University’s facilities for disabled students in the spotlight

A dialogue between Tsinghua University and a disabled student named Wei Xiang preparing to attend the elite institution in Beijing recently attracted the Chinese public’s attention. In a public letter to the University, Wei Xiang addressed his family situation and asked whether the school could prepare a dorm room for his mother to live with him in order to better take care of him. In their reply, Tsinghua claimed that they will have a dorm room ready for the student and his mother, and that they would further waive his accommodation fee for the entire four years in college. At the end of the letter, Tsinghua encouraged the young man by writing: “although …read more

Hearing-impaired girl receives much praise for her graduation speech in top Chinese university

Hearing-impaired girl receives much praise for her graduation speech in top Chinese university

Last week, a valedictorian who gave a graduation speech at the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) graduation ceremony won a long standing ovation from the audience, and soaring popularity among China’s netizens. The girl’s name is Gao Yuye (高羽烨), and she is no different from any other model college graduates, except for the fact that she suffers from a hearing impairment. In her speech, she shared her journey of soul searching and transformation. She used to feel self-conscious about being “different” from others. As a result she told her parents that they should refrain from communicating with her using sign language in public. But now she has grown out …read more

Visually impaired kindergarten teacher wins discrimination lawsuit

A kindergarten teacher with eight years of educational experience, who was denied teaching qualifications after a physical exam revealed that she was blind in her right eye, has won a lawsuit against her former employer. The teacher, who wishes to be identified as Wang Li in order to protect her identity, had spent years working to obtain her teaching credentials. She brought charges against the Wuyi Bureau of Education on the grounds that she was unfairly denied her teaching qualifications. On March 28, the Jinhua Municipal Court ruled that this was unlawful and that the Bureau of Education was required to revisit her credentials application within 15 business days. When …read more

Matchmaking events a shot at love for Chinese with disabilities

Li Mengqi was already reliant on screen-reading software — a limitation his girlfriend had come to accept. But in 2014, a vision test found that he had macular degeneration, making him disabled by Chinese standards. His girlfriend was devastated. Just a few days later, she called Li and ended their five-year relationship, saying circuitously that her mother had been pressuring her to break things off. Two years later, Li and around a hundred other young people attended a xiangqinhui, or matchmaking event, specifically organized with disabled people in mind. The biannual mixer was organized by the Jinguoyuan Matchmaking Agency. Most of the attendees were born in the 1970s or ’80s; there were …read more

Inclusive education, a new model for children with special needs

Inclusive education, a new model for children with special needs

China’s State Council approved the revised draft of the “regulations on the education of the disabled” on the 11th of January 2017. Among other things, the document promotes an “inclusive education” for children with disabilities. Meanwhile, in some areas of China local educational departments and charity organizations have already been implementing inclusive education programs for such children. In the Wuhou district of Chengdu, southwestern China, some schools included in such programs are now taking a precursory approach towards children with special needs, integrating them with their peers rather then giving them a special classification. Keer is a 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. She used to go to a special education …read more

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

Charitable project aids children with congenital hand deformities

With the support of the Beijing Hongdao Charity Foundation’s “Don’t Let Go of the Hands” (爱不释手) project, a little girl named Shiyuan, who suffered from a congenital deformity of her right hand, underwent a successful operation in Beijing’s Jishuitan Hospital on September 19, 2016. When Shiyuan’s gauze was removed, seeing her rehabilitated right hand her family burst into tears. When Shiyuan was born, she was found to be suffering from hexadactylia on her right hand (in other words, she was born with six fingers). Shiyuan’s family decided to put off the operation to remove the additional finger until she was a little older. When Shiyuan turned four, she became very self-conscious …read more

Independent Life project helps the disabled integrate into society

Independent Life project helps the disabled integrate into society

The graduation ceremony of the third Independent Life project was held by the China-dolls Centre for Rare Disorders in the Tiantan Youth Activity Centre in Beijing on November 7th. The project is committed to cultivating disabled people’s ability to live independently and autonomously. It included four courses on the topics of “self-acceptance”, “family growth”, “social interaction” and “independent behavior”. The project lasted for half a year, with the aim of helping disabled people become more independent and gradually integrate into society. The performance at the graduation ceremony focused on living an independent life. Students were fully responsible for every stage of their performance, from the planning, design and layout to …read more

Yellow bracelets help the elderly find their way home

Yellow bracelets help the elderly find their way home

The “Let Love Go Back Home” project, initiated by Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, has just come to end for 2016 in Qingdao Province. 2016 was the fourth year in the project’s five-year plan to distribute yellow bracelets to the elderly. About 200,000 of the bracelets have already been distributed to more than 10 provinces in Mainland China, as well as Hong Kong and the United States, by Huang Xiaoming’s Tomorrow Foundation. The yellow bracelets are good-looking and practical wristbands with the wearers’ information on them. Their purpose is to help lost elderly people and children find their way home. In 2016, “Huang Xiaoming Lets Love Go Back Home” won the …read more

Hony Social Impact Center: an investment platform connecting charity to commerce

A new investment platform, the Hony Social Impact Center (弘毅社会影响力中心), has just emerged in China. In recent years, “Social Impact Investment” that tries to connect charity to commerce has been favored by many charitable organizations and social enterprises. A need was thus felt for an investment platform caring about social value that could maximize the benefits of this combination of charity and commerce. At present the center is still in its start-up stage, but two pilot projects have already been selected: “Hands on” and “Generation Bridge”. The “Hands on” project is jointly sponsored by the 3D-printing Industry Alliance (3D打印企业联盟), Wiki Factory (维基新工厂) and other organizations working in different fields. The project aims …read more

Report on China’s policy on the disabled released

May 15th marks China’s 26th National Day for Helping People with Disabilities (全国助残日)*. The country’s disabled people are currently around 85 million in number. Two days before the occasion, the China Philanthropy Research Institute (BNU) released the Progress Index Report of Policy on Persons with Disabilities in China (中国残疾人政策进步指数报告). The report covers 31 provinces nationwide and presents data from 2012 to 2014. According to the report, China has a good track record on the advancement of policies for assisting people with disabilities. In particular, the use of creative policy approaches at the regional level has reached a crescendo. This facilitates the overall policy improvement in China. The report uses eight first-order indexes including …read more

Shopping festival to help the disabled opened

Shopping festival to help the disabled opened

The opening ceremony of the “Jingdong/Dream One Shopping Festival” was held in Beijing on May the 10th. The activity is co-organised by Jingdong Mall (京东商城), a Chinese electronic commerce company better known as JD.com) and the Dream One Foundation (梦无缺基金会), and it aims to help the disabled in China. The festival, based on the idea of “consumption for charity”, will officially kick off on the 15th of May, the National Day of Helping Disabled Persons. More than 1000 shops from Jingdong Mall will join in and voluntarily donate 1% to 10% of the day’s turnover to the Dream One Foundation. These funds will be used to support the 3D printing of prosthesis for …read more

Little people perform traditional shadow puppetry

The Beijing LongZaiTian Art Troupe(北京龙在天袖珍人皮影艺术团) is a special art troupe with all its actors being little people who play the traditional Chinese shadow puppetry(皮影戏).

China Central Television Tower marks World Autism Awareness Day by lighting up blue

China Central Television Tower marks World Autism Awareness Day by lighting up blue

China Central Television Tower lit up blue light as part of the “light it up blue” campaign of the World Autism Awareness Day, which was initiated by the Autism Speaks since 2011.