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China discriminates against disabled children, report says

Many Chinese children with disabilities must find alternative means to an education. China doesn't allow regular schooling to children with disabilities unless they prove they can adapt in a normal school environment. 

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A blind child reads a braille book at a special school for blind children in Fuzhou in southeast China's Fujian province in October

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More than a quarter of Chinese children with disabilities don't get to go to school, while many of those who do are blocked from mainstream institutions or taught by untrained teachers, a human rights group said.

The report released Tuesday by New York-based Human Rights Watch said Chinese students with disabilities are denied access to regular schools unless they can prove they can adapt to the schools' physical and learning environment, and that accommodations for such students are "little to none."

In one example, the group said a mother went to school several times a day to carry her child up and down stairs because the restroom was on a different floor from the classroom.

The report sheds light on how China's burgeoning problem of social inequality – even in education – applies to people with disabilities. In China, there is only a nascent public awareness of the issues that people with disabilities face.

 
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