Students want equal education for all

China's higher education is getting more accessible for the disabled, but students say more facilities for the mobility-challenged are needed, writes Xu Lin for China Daily.

Zhang Haoyu (25), a postgraduate student from a university in north China, suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic and inherited disorder characterised by fragile bones. He underwent five surgeries when he was a middle school student, and now he can walk with crutches, and often uses a mobility scooter. "My university life is similar to that of a common university student," says Zhang. "My body has not limited me that much."

The Chinese language and literature major is one of the estimated 8,000 students with disabilities in China's higher education system. According to the China Disabled Persons' Federation, from 2008 to 2012 about 35,000 physically challenged students were enrolled in universities, colleges and vocational colleges via the national college entrance examination.
Full report on the People Daily site