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Blind Hope: Breaking down career barriers
BY 2015-12-08 07:46:44

China has the largest blind population in the world, according to the World Health Organization. And for the nation’s blind and visually impaired, the chances of a fulfilling career are slim. Above of all, they are limited by their higher education options, which are restricted to a just few specialized universities offering a limited number of courses.

But Dong Lina, from Dalian, Liaoning province, has overcome the adversity and the feelings of hopelessness that afflict many of China’s visually impaired, forging a career in training volunteers and broadcasting.

Lina was born blind. She attended a school for the blind from the age of eight. Throughout her school years, she dreamed of becoming a teacher, but she was constantly told that the opportunities were not available to her. Having such limitations was "horrible,” she recalls. Eventually, overcome by despondency, she stopped thinking about possible routes into teaching, let alone talking to others about them.

Lina was given an opportunity to conduct a regular broadcasting.

With few other options, like many of China’s visually impaired, she took a massage course. She graduated in 2003 and began working in the massage industry. In her spare time, she contacted local schools inquiring about courses that interested her. Her applications were rejected each time.

(Editor:Grace) (From:CCTV)

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