Blind Chinese Students Complete Course To Become Psychs
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 9, 2006
BEIJING, CHINA--China's Xinhuanet news service reported Thursday that 156 blind students have passed their final exams and completed an online training program to qualify as psychoanalysts.
The graduates are part of a program that drew more than 200 blind students from 20 provinces and municipalities to the online program which began in October 2004. They studied basic psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, mental health and disabilities as well as professional ethics and diagnostic skills, according to Wang Jianjun, an official with an employment service for people with disabilities under the China Disabled Persons' Federation.
The students followed the coursework using multimedia talking books and interacted with teachers through their home and work computers, and at work centers in their local communities.
One student said some of his fellow students were already providing counseling services through a hotline, website or ICQ (instant text messaging).
Xinhuanet quoted the Federation as saying that China has about 60 million people with disabilities, including nearly 9 million that have vision-related disabilities, and noted that the country is working to make educational opportunities more accessible.