- Model Persons with Disabilities

Name: Jo Yong U
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: January 29, 1976
Address: People`s Neighborhood Unit No. 7, Songyo-dong No. 3, Songyo District, Pyongyang, DPR Korea
Occupation: 4th-year student of composition faculty, Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun Conservatory
Type of disability: Paraplegia (due to accident)
Exemplary: Edition of music works for accordionists which contains 40 Korean popular songs—titled “The General and his road to the front” within 6 months.
Now he studies hard to be a member of the Korean Art Association of the Disabled after his graduation from the conservatory.
Thanks to the active support from the KFPD and Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun Conservatory, and under the warm care of the governmental bodies, including the Ministry of Culture, and volunteer service-providers, he exercises to be an excellent pianist and composer every day, though his hard physical condition allows him to sit properly only for 20 minutes a whole day.

- Voluntary Service-provider

    Name: Ri Sol Gyong
   Sex: Female
   Date of Birth: October 10, 1982
   Address: People`s Neighborhood Unit No. 31, Phyongchon-dong No. 1, Phyongchon District,  Pyongyang,  DPR Korea
   Occupation: Staff in charge of financial affairs, KFPD
   Exemplary: She devoted herself for the people with disabilities for the past 10 years.

She has been walking the way for providing the disabled people with walking aids and assistive devices as well as life requisites, food, etc. The people with disabilities who had received her sincere service include those in coal mine areas, Phyongchon and Songyo districts. And her knocking at the doors of the people with disabilities used to be heard not only on holidays but also on normal workdays. Her service moved many people, with the result that she has been registered as an honored coal miner of Toksong Coal Mine, and is being regarded as the true sister and daughter of the disabled people.


Essay

A Table-Tennis Prodigy

Wow, Wonderful! Well Done!

A lovely girl is attracting the admiration of cheers.

She is Yu Myong Sin, aged 10, a pupil at Pyongyang Ponghak Primary School. She is giving full play to her skill in her test game with a rival who is older than her and have rich experience. She had her right wrist amputated.

She started to learn playing table tennis 18 months ago. She has made painstaking efforts to master such various techniques as serve and drive to the admiration of coaches, as well as those with the same rank.

Frail, disabled girl as she is, she is cultivating her talent to her heart`s content on this land of a blessed socialist society.

Name: Ryang Chol Su

Sex: Male

Date of birth: February 10, 1956

Occupation: Writer of the Central Committee of the Korean Writers Union

Add: Neighbourhood Unit No. 50, Sojang-dong, Pothonggang District, Pyongyang

Type of disability: Progressive muscular atrophy, total paralysis

Career:

Graduated from Writing Department of Korean National Language Faculty of Kim Il Sung University

He has been working as a writer of children`s stories at the Central Committee of the Korean Writers Union. He has written one medium-length true story, over 80 short stories, essays and notes.

Collections of his works, titled, “Wing of Hope” and “Succession” were printed in 1982 and 2007 each.

 

Name: Ri Kuk Chol

Sex: Male

Date of birth: July 5, 1984

Occupation: Creator of the Korean Art Association of the Disabled

Add: Neighbourhood Unit 6, Ryonghung-dong No. 3, Taesong District, Pyongyang

Type of disability: Post Poliomyelitis Paralysis (paraplegia and right-hand paralysis)

From his primary school days he started creating literary works and wrote one hundred and scores of works, including a real story “My comrades”.

He won the first place several times in the national literature work prize contest.


Name: Ri Song Chol

Sex: Male

Date of birth: September 23, 1988

Address: Neighborhood unit No. 65, Sanghung-dong, Sosong District, Pyongyang

Present occupation: member of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled

Types of trouble: paraplegia

Career: He works as a player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled after his graduation from the vocational school under the Central Committee of the Korean Federation of the Protection of the Disabled.

He has a keen interest in archery and gets scientific training under the special concern of experts.

Ri, who is endowed with keen intellect, quick sense and unabated enthusiasm, will achieve good results in international and domestic games.

Name: Kim Tong Yong

Sex: Male

Date of birth: February 14, 2009

Present occupation: Student at the Inhung Junior Middle School, Moranbong District, Pyongyang

Type of disability: Amputation of a lower right leg

Career: When he was two, Kim had his lower right leg amputated by accident. He showed a keen interest in sports, and in his first year of the primary school joined the table tennis group under the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled. Last year he was selected as a player for winter sports of the disabled and conducted training in cross-country skiing.

Name: Ri Jong Hun
Date of birth: May 11, 1991
Present occupation: Editor at the Korean Economic and Cultural Centre for the Deaf and Blind Address: Sinhung-dong, Tongdaewon District, Pyongyang
Type of disability: Person with locomotive disability
Career: Working as an editor at the centre since 2016, Ri plays a leading role in developing sign-language programs and introducing sign language subtitles. He presented to the 28th national IT show such computer programs as Sign Language Dictionary and Companion of Sign Language Study, and won the first place.

Name: Ri Chol Song

Sex: man

Birthday: July 9, 1993

Address: Kwanmun-dong No. 2 in Rangnang District, Pyongyang

Occupation: table tennis player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled

Disability type: amputation of left lower leg

Career: After amputation of left lower leg by accident at the age of 13, he graduated from the job training school of the KFPD central committee. Under the direction of coaches of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled from 2012 on, he won high ratings in domestic and international table tennis competitions. He pools efforts and wisdom to further develop his table tennis techniques.

Name: Pak Hyon Chol

Date of birth: August 31, 1990

Present occupation: Player of the Korean Deaf Football Team

Address: Kwangbok-dong No. 2, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang

Type of disability: Person with hearing disability

Career: Pak Hyon Chol suffered from adverse reaction of a medicine at the age of three and lost his hearing. Since 2014 he acted as the captain of the deaf football team. His deft dribbling led his team to victory in friendly games with Australian and Brazilian counterparts in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Name: Kim Ung Chol

Date of birth: December 27, 1995

Present occupation: Player of the Korean Deaf Football Team

Address: Hungbu-dong, Moranbong District, Pyongyang

Type of disability: Person with hearing disability

Career: Kim Ung Chol suffered from adverse reaction of a medicine at the age of three and lost his hearing. Since 2014 he acted as a central forward of the deaf football team. His Korean team won several international games with foreign counterparts.


Name: Nam Un Hye

Date of Birth: 27th of September, 1990

Occupation: Vice president of BAK

Address: Pulgungori-dong No.1, Pothonggang district Pyongyang

Type of disability: Blind

Background: She was suffered from uveitis in age of 7 and became blind. Since 2016 she has been working at BAK.
At present she is working in the office of a vice president of BAK. She is carrying forward the compilation of Korean Braille book and the work to make and implement the project for forming the information network of Korean Braille. Since BAK admitted to the Ordinary member of WBU by March of 2020, she is working as a delegate of BAK.


Name: Kim Chol Ung
Date of Birth: 18th of March, 1976
Occupation: president of BAK
Home address: Minhung-dong   Moranbong district Pyongyang
Type of disability: blind
Background: he lost his sight by accident at age of 19. Since 2016 he has been working at BAK.

Name: Choe Kum Jong
Gender: female
Birthday: January 23, 1995
Occupation: teacher of occupational technical school of the disabled
Address: neighbourhood unit No. 40, Songyo-dong No. 3, Songyo District, Pyongyang
Disability type: amputation of forearms
Career: Choe lost her forearms when she was 16. She entered the occupational technical school of the disabled in 2016. After graduation in 2018, she is engrossed in making multimedia at school, rendering contribution to the computer technical education of the students with disabilities.
Name: So Kwang Nam
Gender: male
Birthday: February 11, 2003
Occupation: player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled
Address: neighbourhood unit No. 46, Ryul-dong, Tongdaewon District, Pyongyang
Disability type: amputation of two-thirds of left lower leg
Career: After amputation of his left lower leg by a traffic accident at the age of two, So graduated Rungna primary and junior middle schools in Taedonggang District, Kaeson Senior Middle School in Moranbong District, and vocational training school for the disabled. In 2018 he became a ski and table tennis player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled. Nimble-witted, quick in action and dogged spirit, he`ll make successes in international competitions of the disabled.
Name: Yun Kwang Song
Gender: male
Birthday: November 30, 2001
Address: Neighbourhood unit No. 17, Tongsan-dong, Rangnang District, Pyongyang
Occupation: player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled
Type of disabilities: amputation of lower right leg
Career: graduation of Konguk Senior Middle School in August 2018, member of the extracurricular group of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled in autumn of 2019, player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled in July 2020.
He strives to promote his technical level with set teeth and strenuous efforts.

Name: Ri Song Il
Birthday: November 18, 1991
Address: Kaeson-dong, Moranbong District, Pyongyang
Occupation: editor of deaf department of the Korean Economic and Cultural Centre for the Deaf and Blind
Type of disabilities: hearing impairment
Career: He enrolled in the Deaf Association of Korea in 2013 and has played an important role in making multimedia with sign language subtitles and editing the sign language books. Now he takes part in the effort to develop Korean sign language 2.0 program.

Name: Pak Un Ha
Birthday: July 1, 1997
Occupation: announcer of sign language cultural broadcasting of the Korean Economic and Cultural Centre for the Deaf and Blind
Type of disabilities: hearing impairment
Career: Pak enrolled in the Deaf Association of Korea in 2016 and took part in the efforts of making sign language dictionary and multimedia and is now working  as an announcer of sign language for the deaf.

Name: Ri Chol
Birthday: March 21, 1985
Occupation: head of sign language cultural broadcasting department of the Korean Economic and Cultural Centre for the Deaf and Blind
Type of disabilities: amputation of lower right leg
Career: Ri has worked as head of the sign-language interpreters association of Korea under the Korean Economic and Cultural Centre for the Deaf and Blind since 2012 and is engrossed in making multimedia, dictionary, books and handouts on the basis of sign language.

Name: Sim Sung Hyok
Gender: male
Birthday: May 5, 1996
Type of disabilities: amputation below the femoral regions of both legs
When he was 15, he lost his both legs in an accident. In 2013 he entered the vocational training school of the disabled. In 2015 he became a swimmer of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled. His international debut was made in 2014 when he won bronze medal in the Second Asian Paralympics. In 2018 he rendered a great contribution to taking second place in the team standings of the Third Asian Paralympics.
Name: Kim Hak Yong
Gender: Male
Birthday: October 12, 2002
Address: Unha-dong, Ryongsong District, Pyongyang
Occupation: Player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled
Type of disabilities: Amputation of both forearms
Career: When he was 18, he was interested in table tennis and enlisted in the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled to receive special training. Now he is counted as a promising table tennis player.
Name: Kim Sung Il
Birthday: December 10, 1985
Type of disabilities: hearing impairment by an illness at the age of three
Born with gifted hands, Kim has worked in the Korean Art Association of the Disabled since 2017, cutting a conspicuous figure in making violins and handicraft.
His violins were awarded the technical prize and sci-tech prize in the 9th and 10th Pyongyang musical instruments exhibitions, and four articles of his handicraft were favourably commented upon by experts at the national sculpture and artefacts festival. Even now he strives for more successes in making musical instruments and handicraft.

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