China improves accessibility for persons with disabilities
Asia-Pacific, August 3 2017
BEIJING: More than 5,600 examinees with disabilities submitted applications for supportive treatment in the gaokao, China’s college entrance exam, in 2017, according to the China Disabled Person’s Federation (CDPF).
The supportive treatment includes giving access to braille or large-font exam papers to students with vision disabilities, and exempting students with hearing disabilities from foreign language listening tests or giving them a longer time to complete the exams.
The CDPF said that China had renovated the homes of nearly 1.4 million persons with disabilities since the regulation on constructing barrier-free environments issued on Aug. 1, 2012.
The renovations include modifications to bathrooms and kitchens, such as lowering cooking benches, and installing safety rails and ramps.
China has introduced more than 20 favorable policies aimed at making areas more accessible persons with disabilities, such as implementing barrier-free facilities on buses, trains and airplanes.
Over 800 reading rooms featuring Braille books and audio materials were established at public libraries in cities above county-level by the end of 2016, according to CDPF.