Survey To Help China Develop Disability Policies, Laws, And
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 16, 2006
BEIJING, CHINA--The People's Republic of China will conduct its first nationwide survey in nearly 20 years to learn more about disabilities among its population.
The Supreme People's Court announced Wednesday that the China Disabled Person's Federation and government agencies across 31 provinces would conduct the survey during the months of April and May.
Surveyors will gather information from 2.6 million residents on the types of disabilities people experience, the kinds of medical and rehabilitative treatment they receive, their education and employment situations, and their level of participation in society.
A Court public statement explained that the data -- expected to be published in November -- would help in creating disability prevention strategies, along with developing "disability-related laws, regulations, policies, principles and working programs."
The most recent such survey was conducted in 1987. It found that China had a population of about 52 million people with disabilities. Officials estimate that number has now grown to over 60 million.
According to its website, the China Disabled Person's Federation is a national organization of and for persons with disabilities.
Beijing is set to host the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
China Disabled Person's Federation