Re­build­ing lives

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion univer­sity planned, says fed­er­a­tion chief

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By LUO WANGSHU lu­owang­shu@chi­

China will es­tab­lish a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion univer­sity be­fore 2020 to help dis­abled peo­ple, the China Dis­abled Per­sons’ Fed­er­a­tion said on Wed­nes­day.

An es­ti­mated 85 mil­lion dis­abled peo­ple live in China, and about 26 mil­lion of those are reg­is­tered.

“We aim to pro­vide high qual­ity re­hab ser­vices,” the fed­er­a­tion’s chair­woman, Zhang Haidi, said at a State Coun­cil news con­fer­ence. “The cur­rent main prob­lem is the lack of trained pro­fes­sion­als.

Zhang said that un­der the cur­rent sys­tem, fewer than 8,000 re­hab stu­dents grad­u­ate ev­ery year, and 70 per­cent of those are from two-year col­leges, far from meet­ing the de­mand for such ser­vices.

In 2015, only 30 per­cent of reg­is­tered dis­abled peo­ple re­ceived any kind of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to the fed­er­a­tion, China had 7,111 re­hab cen­ters as of 2015, with 232,000 em­ploy­ees.

“Re­hab train­ing is the core of pub­lic ser­vices for the dis­abled,” Zhang said. “Re­hab is about re­build­ing. And it’s the most ur­gent need — to have a bet­ter life.”

Es­tab­lish­ment of more re­hab pro­grams was writ­ten into the coun­try’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

Zhang Haidi, chair­woman of the China Dis­abled Per­sons’ Fed­er­a­tion

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