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Disabled to get better access to devices to lead fuller lives

By He Dan (China Daily)

08:50, November 16, 2012

A physically disabled child tries a new type of wheelchair at the Care and Rehabilitation Expo China 2012 in Beijing on Thursday. WANG JING / CHINA DAILY

The government is working hard to improve disabled people's access to devices that can assist them, said a senior official from China Disabled Persons' Federation on Thursday.

Sun Xiande, vice-president of the federation, said the government is also encouraging more companies and organizations to participate in research and development of mechanical aids and devices for the disabled.

Sun made the remarks at the opening ceremony for the Care and Rehabilitation Expo China 2012, held in Beijing.

The three-day event attracted more than 240 exhibitors from 16 countries including Italy, Sweden and Japan.

"Although the industry for devices has huge market potential, it is still fledging," said Chen Zhensheng, director of the China Assist Devices and Technology Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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