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Brittle bone sufferer overcomes life’s hurdles
成骨不全症患者不出門 自學電腦成專家

Huang Shih-chi, left, who has brittle bone disease, pictured in Greater Kaohsiung on Dec. 3, became an expert in computers through home study.
成骨不全症患者黃識旗(左)自學成為電腦專家。

Photo: Hung Ting-hung, Liberty Times
(記者洪定宏攝)

Five years ago, 35-year-old brittle bone disease sufferer Huang Shih-chi was placed into the care of the Chensenmei Social Welfare Foundation after his father passed away. For the 30 years leading up to this, he had only been out of the house when he had to visit the doctor for medical treatment, although he had been able to study the computer by himself at home, becoming a computer expert. Not only can he instruct others how to assemble computers, he has also written for computer technology magazines, and lives a very positive, optimistic life.

Huang says that despite it being difficult for him to get around he has never really thought of himself as a disabled person, and has always just taken things as they come, wanting to sit in on university classes to learn more specialist knowledge.

Both Huang and his older brother have brittle bone disease. Ten years ago, their father bought a computer and installed Internet access for the two brothers. Although neither had been to school, they were nevertheless able to glean a lot of new information from the Web, to learn the skills to teach others how to assemble computers and even to discuss computing products. This won them the high regard of magazines, and they became writers.

(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)

三十五歲成骨不全症患者黃識旗五年前因父親過世,被安置在真善美家園,在這之前的三十年,他只有在生病就醫時外出,卻能在家自學電腦成為專家,不僅可透過口述教別人組裝電腦,也曾是3C科技雜誌的文字撰稿,活出積極樂觀的人生。

黃識旗強調,雖然行動不便,但他從不把自己當作身心障礙者,從小就能「隨遇而安」,希望到大學旁聽上課,學習更多專業知識。

黃識旗跟哥哥都是成骨不全症患者。十多年前,父親買電腦並裝網路給兄弟倆玩,不曾上學的他們,竟能在「網海」吸收新知,學會教別人組裝電腦的能力,甚至評論3C產品,獲得雜誌社青睞,成為文字工作者。

(自由時報記者洪定宏 )

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. brittle bone disease n. phr.

成骨不全症 (cheng2 gu3 bu4 quan2 zheng4)

例: Around 100,000 people in the country suffer from brittle bone disease.

(全國約有十萬成骨不全症患者。)

2. think of yourself as... v. phr.

把自己當作 (ba3 zi4 ji3 dang1 zuo4)

例: I’ve come to think of myself as a pretty good swimmer.

(我已經把自己當作是一個相當不錯的游泳健將。)

3. high regard n. phr.

青睞 (qing1 lai4)

例: Her perfomance on the job won her the high regard of her bosses.

(她的工作表現使她獲得主管們的青睞。)


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