This fall, Assistant Professor of Education Helen McCabe gave a lecture titled “Social Welfare in China: Disability, Policy and Practice” at Bryant University's U.S.-China Institute in Smithfield, R.I.
McCabe’s lecture was a part of the university’s International Education Week and dealt with the imbalance between the medical costs of medical care for disabled children and China and the funding provided by the Chinese government and non-profit organizations. “There are just not enough services for all of the kids who need support in China, says McCabe.
Before her lecture, McCabe visited the Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, where she and others participated in a support group for parents of children with autism. “It really opened my eyes to this whole idea of social welfare and the difference between the United States and China, she said.
Through her research and lectures, such as the one she gave at Bryant University, McCabe hopes to make people more aware and active as she works to help solve these complex issues in desperate need of resolution.
McCabe joined the faculty in 2004 and is an expert on autism and its relation to education, family and social change in the U.S. and China. Her most recent scholarly writings include “The Importance of Parent-to-Parent Support Among Families of Children with Autism in the People’s Republic of China to be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education and “Two Decades of Serving Children with Autism in the People’s Republic of China: Achievements and Challenges of a State-run Mental Health Center to be published in an upcoming volume of Disability and Society.