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Role playing teaches a lesson

HANDICAP International yesterday invited more than 50 local students, including 30 young people with various disabilities, to participate in role playing games at the European Union Pavilion so that they could experience the barriers disabled people may face in their daily life.

Volunteers and employees from HI simulated a classroom situation where handicapped students encountered physical barriers on the way and a negative attitude from other classmates.

The games were designed to stress the importance of removing the barriers, both physical and mental, according to HI official Gao Yanqiu.

Gao also raised the concept of the social model of disability, which defines disabilities as a social problem, not a personal problem.

"In this model, the main problem is how society can provide adequate facilities for handicapped people," Gao said.

According to Gao, China has 83 million people with disabilities, accounting for 6 percent of the country's total population.

About 75 percent of the country's disabled people live in rural areas. Some of them can not receive proper treatment and suffer from systematic barriers and exclusion by other people.


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