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Rejected for Being Blind: Shaanxi Normal University Denies Female Student Braille Entrance Exam

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6th November 2020


Rejected for Being Blind: Shaanxi Normal University Denies Female Student Braille Entrance Exam

by Saga Ringmar


The story of a young blind woman whose application for a Chinese university’s entrance exams was rejected due to her visual disability has sparked discussion across Chinese social media.


Last week, Shaanxi Normal University made headlines in China for rejecting a blind student from their psychology Masters program.


Debates arose online about how universities should accommodate disabled students. The related hashtag (#盲人女孩报考陕西师大研究生遭拒#) received 41 million clicks and about 2,600 related posts on social media platform Weibo.


According to Chinese news site The Paper, the female student named Wu Xiao (吴潇) was turned down after she tried to apply for Shaanxi Normal University’s postgraduate entrance exam. The university reportedly claimed they were not equipped to teach students with visual impairments.


In an interview, the 24-year-old Wu Xiao said that, despite encountering obstacles, she had managed to study with non-blind students for the past four years already. As a fourth-year student of applied psychology at the Nanjing Normal University of Special Education, all she needed was a chance to take the entrance exam, but this request was denied. The university allegedly stated they could not provide a Braille version of the exam.


https://www.whatsonweibo.com/rejected-for-being-blind-shaanxi-normal-university-denies-female-student-braille-entrance-exam/

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