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TOPIC: accessibility


River Sin Barreras, A Storied Soccer Club Becomes A Model For Disability Inclusion

The River Plate sports club in the Núñez area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is home to many sports, but renowned for its decorated professional football club, which is also making a name for itself for its inclusive policies.

For 20 years, the River Plate sports club in Núñez, Buenos Aires, Argentina has been working towards equal participation for disabled members and others. Their journey has been helped by cutting-edge strategies in social and sports inclusion, and improvements in accessibility.

When Tomás was 8 years old in 2013, he toured River's facilities with his father, Juan Pablo Chiappe. Both are fans and members of the Núñez club and, that day, a sign at an office caught their attention: "River sin Barreras" (River without Barriers). Tomás has a chromosomal duplication that can manifest itself similarly to autism. Until coming across that office, he had not been able to actively participate in the life of the club about which he was so passionate.

"We knocked on the door out of curiosity, and Liliana Plandolit, the former president of the club's Commission for the Integration of People with Disabilities — River sin Barreras — warmly opened the doors and asked us, earnestly, what Tomi would like to do at the club," Chiappe Sr. recalls.

They got Tomás involved in some of the club's activities and, with adjustments and support from River sin Barreras, he got hooked on tennis. Tomás also began participating in the Tu Lugar en el Monumental ("Your place at Monumental") Program, which is named after the River Plate’s stadium. With the program, disabled club members get a free season ticket and can go with a companion to every match.

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China's Public Hospital Monopoly Problem

More people would have access to health care, and there would be less waiting for doctors if public hospitals were divided and more private hospitals were created in China.


BEIJING — China's large public hospitals these days are basically remnants of the planned economy era. They monopolize the best human resources, enjoy the most government subsidies, and occupy the commanding heights of clinical academic research. They are the aristocrats and the nobility of the health care sector.

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