Advocates Urge Gov't to Protect the Disabled

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Advocates Urge Gov't to Protect the Disabled


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The China Post--Advocates for disability rights criticized the government yesterday for flaws in the legal system when it comes to the protection of the disabled, following the death of Tsai Yao-hsing ([...]). Tsai was found under the Jin Wen Bridge in Taroko ([...]) with no signs of a pulse on Saturday morning.

The story shook the nation, as Tsai was a medalist in numerous swimming competitions for athletes with disabilities. Tsai lost both arms when he was 16 after accidentally coming into contact with an electricity transmission tower. Even though Tsai was a champion swimmer, he had difficulties finding employment because of his disability. Coming from a low-income household, Tsai was forced to pick rhodonites along riverbanks to support himself, in addition to government support.

Members of the League of Welfare Organizations for the Disabled (LWOD) gathered yesterday to urge the government to amend the Disability Welfare Law, as Tsai's case demonstrated the government's shortcomings when it comes to support for the physically challenged. …

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