By Maria AB

Buy42 Charity Store is a network of shops selling donated items and using the profits to support individuals with disabilities.

I visited the shop, in which the employees are people with disabilities and people who were struggling to be reintegrated in society. Xiao Lan, an employer who is part of the latter category, asserts, “when you’ve been outside of the society for too long, it’s difficult to come back.” She “came back” a year ago, when she started working in Buy42.

Xiao Lan introduced me to Li Jing, her co-worker.

“Hi, my name is Li Jing. I’m a deaf person and a dancer. Yes, a dancer. I want you to know that there are deaf people who also love to dance.”

“Of course, I remember the first time I danced, when I was a child. It was relaxing and easy.”

“In our dance troupe, we are all deaf. We learn how to count the beat, we remember the beat, and remember the action. There is usually a conductor, and we all dance united.”

“I think that people with special needs should develop their talents as much as possible, to have more visibility.”

“In my daily life, I like to hang out with friends and family and to take care of cats.”

“I’m quite satisfied with my present situation. I have a career in Buy42 that allows me to grow. There are challenges at work, and there must be. The biggest challenge is communication, but I also enjoy and learn from the process of this challenge.”

“I don’t think there is enough understanding of people with special needs. The best way to have this understanding is to have other people slowly entering the life of a group of people with special needs – that would be enough.”

“My dream is to be able to work and travel at the same time so that I could experience different local lives, and I hope to find love.”