The Disability Community: "A mirror to Society

From The Take Away:


Earlier this year, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng escaped home arrest and took refuge at the American Embassy in Beijing. Little did he know that he would be studying law at New York University months later, following diplomatic negotiations involving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Chinese officials.

Guangcheng, who is blind, has spent his career confronting the Chinese government's approach to disability rights, something he's continuing to do from New York.

In his first national broadcast interview since arriving in the United States, Guangcheng describes the intersection between human rights and disability rights in the United States and in his native China. Chen says that disabled people can hold up "a mirror to society."

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