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Chinese advocates for disabled share notes with Malden mayor

Posted by Matt Byrne  July 12, 2012 12:00 PM

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Malden Mayor Gary Christenson welcomed 25 delegates from a Chinese rights organization that advocates for the disabled.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson welcomed a delegation of 25 representatives from China's largest non-profit group that advocates for the disabled for a discussion of how to help people with disabilities attain personal and professional goals.

"I'm honored that the Chinese Disabled Persons' Federation chose Malden as a venue to discuss opportunities and options for disabled people getting to work," said Mayor Christenson. "We as a community continue to seek ways to empower people with disabilities."

In Malden, people of Asian descent are the most prevalent minority, with nearly 12,000 residents, according to 2010 census data, many of whom are Chinese.

Joining Christenson were representatives from Triangle Inc., a Malden nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities in the Boston area to live full and healthy lives through a combination of job training and career placement.

The Chinese delegation learned about Triangle's philosophy, operation, and systems of support, the mayor's office said in a statement.

"The meeting was very informative," said Mingli Zhang, the delegation leader. "We definitely can put a lot of the information we learned today into our organizations in China."

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