Diary from China -- Monday night, August 8, 2005
Oh -- something I forgot. I had told you that on my way from the airport in Shanghai my very first day in China, I saw a blind man walking alone along the street, and later we saw some Deaf people while embarking on the train from Shanghai.
Well, yesterday afternoon I saw someone in a wheelchair in Feng Feng. He was going on the left (wrong) side of the road, in the street close to the curb. I didnít realize it was a wheelchair at first -- it looked like a kind of bicycle / scooter (canít remember if it was 3 wheels or 4) but instead of pedaling with his legs, he moved a lever around horizontally with his arm, while his legs rested on a board in front of him. I ran back to ask if I could take his picture, he said no, of course, but I couldnít resist taking a picture of his back.
All three times, these people were out traveling independently. Itís very gratifying to see that in China, people with disabilities are apparently accepted, and it isnít considered unusual for them to be independent, at least in traveling.
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