China Disabled Persons Federation
16th March 2017
Zhang calls for cultivation of professionals in rehabilitation services
Zhang Haidi attended the CPPCC plenary meeting on March 11 and delivered a speech on rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities.
Rehabilitation services are the most urgent need of persons with disabilities and an important part of the national public program. According to surveys there are over 13 million registered persons with disabilities who need the services, but meeting that need is hindered in China by a lack of professionals.
The number of Chinese professionals in rehabilitation services is seriously inadequate. It is estimated that about 400,000 rehabilitation therapists are needed, but there are currently fewer than 20,000. The education of rehabilitation professionals is lagging behind compared with that in developed countries.