International Day of Persons with Disabilities: CGTN sees no difference


5th December 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: CGTN sees no difference

Millions across the world celebrated the triumphs and accomplishments of people with disabilities on Monday.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been a special day in China since it was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992. This year the day was observed with a theme of “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.” 

Among those whose accomplishments are being celebrated is Liu Liangzhou, who is partially deaf and works at a “silent bakery.” Liu studied cake baking at a culinary school in 2009. Qiu Junken, the manager of the school, initially doubted Liu’s ability to complete the program and eventually find a job due to his disability. But Liu’s persistence and passion won over Qiu and paved way for other students with disabilities to enter the program. In April, Qiu even opened a “silent bakery” after being inspired by Liu.

Another person who has overcome his disability and triumphed is Wang Zi’an, a blind violinist who was accepted by UK’s prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in December 2017. Wang lost his sight at birth. Despite his disability, Wang has spent past 13 years pursuing a career in music. While he admits there is pressure and uncertainty, he is still excited about the future. Wang looks forward to learning more music and hopes to study further after completing his graduation in music.

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