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It's a tough job market – more so for a special minority


8th August 2020

It's a tough job market – more so for a special minority

by Li Qian

In the shrinking employment market that emerged from novel coronavirus outbreak, it’s hard for many school graduates to find jobs. But that prospect is even more daunting for the mentally disabled.

There are currently an estimated 10,000 mentally handicapped people of working age and ability in Shanghai, said Chen Dongyuan, head of education and employment at the Shanghai Disabled Persons’ Federation.

People with intellectual disabilities have an easier time finding a job than those with psychiatric disorders because they tend to be more accepted by society, he said. Some can find jobs by themselves; others turn to the federation.

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