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Zhang Haidi surveys rehabilitation work on spinal cord injuries

Source: Updated: 2021-05-28
Zhang Haidi (center) visits the Home of Hope for people with SCI. [photo/]

Zhang Haidi, chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), inspected the work at the life reconstruction and training base for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) of the China Association of Persons with Physical Disability, in Beijing on May 19. 

Zhang, also president of Rehabilitation International, an international advocacy group for disability rights, talked to 25 people with SCI from 13 provinces who are receiving training at the base, and 88 more online, about their living and rehabilitation conditions. 

She encouraged them to have confidence in rebuilding their lives and to fight for their dreams. 

Zhang surveyed various projects at the base, which is also named Home of Hope, including those involving employment, literary creation, and assistive device repair. 

Zhang acknowledged the importance of the base's life reconstruction training. 

"Sustainability needs to be considered, new concepts and technologies included and the contents of literature and arts training expanded," she suggested. 

She also noted that rehabilitation needs not only medical treatment and the hard work of patients and their families, but also support from social resources. 

She urged that psychological rehabilitation and assistive device adaptation should be in place to solve the most concerning difficulties facing people living with SCI. 

Zhang also identified steps to create better services for the disabled, including speeding up construction of the University of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, fostering care for the severely disabled, advancing communication and coordination with social organizations and constructing standards and brands. 

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