US Expert Dr. Matthew Weed visits CapitalDisabled service Organization
On the morning of June 13th, Dr. Matthew Weed from the United States came to Beijing Hongdandan Education and Culture Exchange Centre for friendly conversations with the visually impaired and volunteers from various sides.
Dr. Weed first shared his experience as a person with severe type I diabetes and a congenital visually-impaired. The story of his overcoming his disabilities to complete studies in Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Universities; and his diligent work forpromoting public awareness of healthinspired every participant. Afterwards, volunteers andpeople with visual disabilities enthusiastically asked questions concerning infrastructures, welfare for people with disabilities, volunteer training and science and education. Dr. Weed answered them individually, and emphasized that the visually impaired should be brave to communicate, have the courage to seek help, strengthen communications, balance the relationship between independence and cooperation, promote the integration of the disabled and promote social development.
Subsequently, Dr. Weed had a conversation with counterparts from Beijing Volunteer Service Federationand Hongdandan Education and culture centre. The three parties exchanged experiences on helping people with visual disabilities under different cultural circumstances, and explored the possibility of further cooperation.