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Ma seeks society in which everyone realizes potential

Staff Writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that he wants to establish a system that makes life easier for people with disabilities or serious genetic illnesses.

“Helping the socially disadvantaged should be society’s responsibility,” Ma said in a meeting at his office with members of the Music Foundation For The Blind in Taipei.

Ma recounted what he said was an unforgettable conversation with a blind student, whom he called Allen, at Harvard University when he was a student there.

Ma said he had often seen Allen on campus and one day approached him to ask how he was coping in a demanding study environment like Harvard.

Allen told him that many volunteers were willing to read textbooks to him, which allowed him to grasp the main points, Ma related. Allen said this was how he had acquired his bachelor’s degree at Columbia University, the president added.

Allen did not see his disability as an obstacle to becoming a lawyer or judge, Ma said, adding that these conversation made him aware of a way of life in the US that allowed people to realize their potential.

One of his goals was to establish a similar attitude in Taiwan, he said.

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