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President vows to improve facility access for disabled persons

2010/10/29 23:43:10

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou vowed Friday to helpa 12-year-old wheelchair-bound girl make her dream come true byimproving the country's barrier-free facilities.

Ma said he instructed Transportation Minister Mao Chi-kuo toimprove railway facilities first so that disabled persons could leadmore convenient lives.

Chen Wan-ping, who suffers from Nemaline Myopathy, a group ofdisorders that cause problems with the tone and contraction ofskeletal muscles, expressed her aspiration in a letter to Ma writtenon July 30 before she received the 2010 Presidential Education Award.

"My biggest dream is that barrier-free facilities can beavailable everywhere in Taiwan, " Chen wrote in the letter, which shewas not allowed to present to the president at the award ceremony butwhich later reached Ma.

Speaking at an anniversary celebration of a Taipei elementaryschool, Ma said he was deeply moved by her passion for life and "Imade my promise and she has my word now."

( By Garfie Li and Maia Huang)