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China Focus: Special education gives wings to disabled children's dreams


26th October 2022

China Focus: Special education gives wings to disabled children's dreams

Blindfolded and each holding a blind crutch, a group of children were moving to the beat in perfect coordination in a rehearsal room in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan Province.

All the young dancers, also students of a special education school, are visually impaired. Soon they will be performing at the opening ceremony of the upcoming provincial games for the disabled.

Founded in 1908, Changsha Special Education School is one of the oldest such schools in China. It provides preschool rehabilitation, nine-year compulsory education, and secondary vocational education to students with visual and hearing impairments, mental retardation, and developmental disorders.

Based on its rich teaching experience, the school has released a series of research results introduced to over 300 similar schools nationwide, according to Nie Bing, Party secretary of the school.

In 2005, the school established the "Dream of Wings" art ensemble with musical instruments, vocal music, dance, and other extracurricular training to encourage students' comprehensive development.

Zeng Liyuan, head of the troupe, believes by engaging in such training, students can improve physical coordination, build self-confidence, and gain a sense of accomplishment.

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