Zhang Haidi

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Zhang, who was first elected to the post in Oc­to­ber 2016, was voted in by an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity for an­other four-year term be­gin­ning in 2020.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and its mem­bers lauded Zhang’s ef­forts in step­ping up re­form mea­sures as a clear pri­or­ity for the RI, the world’s lead­ing net­work for the rights and in­clu­sion of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Born in east China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince in 1955, Zhang sus­tained para­ple­gia due to a spinal cord dis­ease at the age of 5. Al­though Zhang didn’t at­tend school, she learned all the pri­mary and mid­dle school sub­jects on her own. She re­ceived a master’s de­gree in phi­los­o­phy from Jilin Uni­ver­sity in 1993. Since 1983, she has pub­lished sev­eral books.

She was chair­per­son of the China Dis­abled Per­sons’ Fed­er­a­tion from 2008 to 2016.

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