Facilities and Associations for People with Disabilities in Shanghai

A guide to the facilities and associations available to support disabled people in Shanghai...

Public services for people with disabilities are limited in Shanghai, but in recent years the city infrastructure has become more accessible. Most major streets have pathways with raised dots and lines created specifically for the blind. Subway stations and shopping centres also usually have elevators. Most modern buildings and new hotels are wheelchair accessible, and this is displayed with a white symbol of a wheelchair.

Organisations for People with Disabilities

  • Shanghai Disabled Persons Federation: Shanghai branch of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, which aims to protects the rights and interests of people with disabilities in China
  • Shanghai Social Worker Agency for Public Affairs: Chinese NGO providing community care and helping with the integration of people with disabilities
    At: Room 407, No. 8, Lane 629, Dong Shufang Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai 200123
    Tel: 021 6874 7937
  • Wheelchair Foundation (in Chinese): Non-profit organisation with the aiim of providing wheelchairs to those who don't have the means to acquire one
    At: No.23, Lane 34, Nanhui Road, Shanghai 200041
    Tel: 021 6267 1533

Children with Disabilities

There are a number of support groups and schools serving the needs of children with disabilities in Shanghai:

  • Shanghai Chosen Families: Provides support for families of children with special needs. Their services are available at the Community Centre Shanghai - Pudong Centre; the closest subway station is Yunshan Lu Station, Line 6
    At: Greenhills Clubhouse, 2/F, 418 JinXiu East Road (near intersection of Bai Hua Road), Jinqiao, Pudong, Shanghai 200135
    Tel: 021 3382 1770
  • The Essential Learning Group: Offers educational and health services for special needs children
    At: No. 19-20, Lane 209, Zhennan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 200333
  • Shanghai Silent Angel Kindergarten (in Chinese): For autistic children
    At: No. 35, Lane 483, Shangzhong St., Xuhui, Shanghai 200231
    Tel: 021 6455 7513