February 9, 2006.
Xinhua - China.
BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The first batch of 156 blind peoplefrom across the country have completed an online training program and passed final tests that qualify them as psychoanalysts.
At least 50 others are continuing with the training, the first of its kind which started in October 2004 and drew more than 200 blind students from 20 provinces and municipalities, said Wang Jianjun, an official with the employment service for handicapped people under China Disabled Persons' Federation.
They studied basic psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, mental health and handicaps as well as professional ethics and diagnostic skills of psychoanalysts, said Wang.
The students were provided with multimedia talking books which enabled them to follow the courses and interact with their teachers through assignments and quizzes on a computer at home andwork units or a training center for the handicapped in their communities.
"With the talking books, I don't even have to leave home to complete my study and finish all the assignments," said Wang Jiaji, one of the blind students to complete the training program and is qualified to do counseling. "I've learned the basics of psychologyand love the job."
Wang said some of his fellow students have already tried to provide counseling services by running a hotline, website or through an ICQ.
China Disabled Persons' Federation says China has about 60 million handicapped people, including 8.77 million visually handicapped.
The country has intensified efforts in recent years to provide these people with easier access to more information and schooling.
The Shenzhen Business Daily based in the southern city Shenzhen published the country's first newspaper supplement in Braille in 2002.
In 2003, China developed a Chinese Braille-based computer system to cater to the increasing communication demands of the visually impaired and those with eye diseases.
Education authorities have also prepared exam papers in Brailleso blind students can also sit in the national college entrance examination.
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