"People with developmental disabilities have an even harder time than those with other disabilities, not to mention how overwhelming it must be for their parents to raise them."
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The South Korean President's remarks came during a meeting at the Blue House Monday morning where he unveiled the government's comprehensive plan to support people with a range of developmental disabilities.
It was attended by about 160 people, including people living with such conditions and their families.
President Moon acknowledged the pain of parents; noting that to get the government to address the issue, they've begged on their knees, shaved their heads, and gone on long, long marches.
President Moon said it's about time the nation helps with their burden.
"It seems like the greatest wish these parents have is to live just a day longer than their children so they can take care of them until the end. It makes me question how much empathy our society has shown them."
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The new measures were announced by South Korea's minister of health and welfare, according to whom the government plans to give those with developmental disabilities life-long care.
For example, by the year 2022, the government will establish 60 new daycare centers for children with physical and mental disabilities and increase the number of special education schools to 197 from the current 174, adding more than 12-hundred special classes.
The government will seek to expand employment for those with severe disabilities and establish an income security system for them as well.
Informational and educational support for parents will also be provided.
Supporting people with disabilities, and their parents, is part of the Moon Administration's initiative to build what it calls an inclusive nation.
Though he noted the new plan won't fix everything, President Moon pledged to continue expanding and developing support measures like this as long as he's in office.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.