On 19th November 2015 two wheelchair users tried to board a flight in China’s southernmost city of Sanya. Both had valid tickets, but when they tried to check in they were told that the airline was unable to carry them as they were “unaccompanied” and were “unable to look after themselves”. Also, the staff at… Continue Reading SEEKING JUSTICE FOR DISABLED TRAVELLERS: China’s first blind lawyer takes on an airline
Inclusivity is at the heart of China Vision’s work, so we are delighted a announce our new initiative. China Vision has signed an agreement with Qisehua Inclusive Kindergarten for the launch of a 2-year project. Under this initiative Qisehua, with technical and financial support from China Vision, will establish a ‘Resource and Advocacy Centre’ designed… Continue Reading Henan Stop Press – Qisehua Inclusive Kindergarten
Back in 2006, when we started our project to train blind and partially-sighted radio producers in China, the six “core” people we worked with were all young and unmarried. Several – inevitably – had trained as masseurs. One had studied music, another had done agricultural economics at university, before losing her sight. Despite their infectious… Continue Reading LOVE, MARRIAGE AND BLINDNESS – Stephen Hallett
In less than a week we will know the result of the UK’s referendum on whether or not to remain in the European Union. The stakes couldn’t be higher – not only for the people of the UK but also, I believe, for people across the world. The EU, despite its faults – its bureaucratism,… Continue Reading Work together or go it alone?
China, International Perspectives on Disability December 14, 2015 China And People With Disabilities By Patricia Chadwick Can news and information pave the way to a better life for people with disabilities in China? The situation for the estimated 80 million disabled people in China can be symbolized by the “blind lanes” that were installed starting… Continue Reading Can news and information pave the way to a better life for people with disabilities in China?
A forest of white sticks moves slowly down the street. It’s white-cane day, 1970. A day when visually impaired Australians feel it necessary to alert the general public To the significance of this most potent symbol. Some onlookers show mild interest. Others stand self-consciously clapping. I, a young, visually impaired, cane-less woman scuttle away. Fifties… Continue Reading From Denial to Celebration – Ellen Bassani
Welcome to Kiki’s Kindergarten Kiki’s Kindergarten opened its doors on June 26, 2011 and welcomed 8 children. Gradually more children came from all over Tibet and now 21 children are here. Kiki has had more than 20 graduates in five years. Some graduates joined the Braille Without Borders preparatory school while others went back to… Continue Reading Kiki’s Kindergarten
2016 is the Chinese Year of the Monkey. In the Chinese zodiac the monkey represents creativity, imagination, versatility – and mischief. These are qualities that will be needed in addressing the myriad problems all of us face over the coming year and beyond. Disability is perhaps one of the most universal facets of human existence… Continue Reading Welcome to China Vision’s New Website! – Stephen Hallett
A meeting we had with parents and teachers at Qisehua at which Ni Zhen spoke about his recent study tour to New Brunswick, Canada.
“I don’t know how you manage!” The most recent exclamation came from a Vicar who witnessed me heading straight for a wall. It is the usual comment uttered by helpful strangers who’ve offered an arm around a calamity of roadworks or found me a vacant seat in a bus. Why would a sighted person have… Continue Reading Just Keep Walking Forward – Ellen Bassani