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Over 5 million poor disabled people in China have shaken off poverty

(People's Daily Online)    14:52, May 12, 2018

Over 5 million disabled people in China have shaken off poverty in the last 5 years, China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) said on Thursday.

According to the federation, the country’s subsidy system for the disabled has achieved full coverage, benefiting 21 million disabled people.

By the end of last year, China had ensured the minimum living standard for more than 9 million people, and brought over 26.1 million physically challenged urban and rural residents into the social endowment insurance system.

96.8% of the endowment insurance premium of the severely disabled under the age of 60 is now shouldered by the government. On top of that, the country has also offered nursery and care services for over 4 million disabled people in the past half decade.

By the end of last year, 9.4 million disabled people were employed, the CDPF noted.

In addition, the rehabilitation services of the country have also been enhanced. So far, 29 medical rehabilitation treatments for the disabled have been included in the scope of medical insurance reimbursement.

8,334 rehabilitation centers have been established throughout the country, providing 8.5 million disabled adults and children with basic rehabilitation services and offering assistive devices for 2.4 million people.

Furthermore, measures have been taken to guarantee access to education for the disabled. In 2017, 10,808 disabled students were enrolled at universities as well as 1,845 at special educational colleges.

To build a barrier-free society for disabled people, the Chinese government has issued 12 policies and made 9 national and industrial standards. In addition, over the past 5 years, the country has conducted barrier-free renovations for 2.1 million households with a disabled member. 

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