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Blind member of top advisory body hopes to see progress


03-14-2017 08:03 BJT

Full coverage: 2017 NPC & CPPCC Sessions

(Source: CGTN)

By CGTN reporter Han Bin

Professor Yang Jia is the only visually impaired member of the CPPCC. But she says her role as one of China’s political advisors is to be a crusader for a marginalized group of some 80 million people. Reporter Han Bin profiled her before and during the session.

Though I have no sight, I have insight. I see opportunities, instead of obstacles. The same is true for the country. My disability can be a blessing in disguise. I can think deeper, insight is more important than what we can see.

"I believe that through my own proposal, I think China will take on the path for inclusive education instead of special education, that’s also the outcry and the need for the people with disabilities. We need to have better teachers, we need to have assistive technology, and we need to revise our laws and policies, so this is what we can do as CPPCC members for how the government should function," Professor Yang said.

"We should think deeper, not just talk some of the problems but really put forward solutions which are workable. So, our proposals are more useful and practical," Professor Yang said.

"I think people have great expectations. So, we should value the opportunity. For some people seeing is believing. But I can feel the pulse of the country, and I can also be a part in the country’s development," Professor Yang said.

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