People with disabilities: Empowered by knowledge and opportunities

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Mid in April 2019, ChildFund Vietnam and ACDC have organized a workshop on the rights of people with disabilities in Hanoi. This activity is organised under the scope of “We can” project sponsored by ChildFund Vietnam.

People with disabilities are among the vulnerable, especially those who live in remote, mountainous areas. Despite significant improvement in policies and legal frameworks related to people with disabilities, the actual implementation of such policies and frameworks is not yet effective due to the under-awareness of disability.

Since February 2018, the “We can!” project has been implemented in Na Ri and Tra Linh district, in Bac Kan and Cao Bang province respectivelyto raise awareness about rights of people with disabilities  and support them to become active citizens.

On the occasion of the Vietnam Day of People with Disabilities, 18 April, the workshop serves as a meaningful activity to raise people’s understanding about disabilities as well as laws and regulations according to international and nationalpractice related to social protection and healthcare.

“ChildFund recognizes that people with disabilities, especially children with disabilities are often the most vulnerable and exposed to difficulties. This is the first time we have collaborated with such an organization with specialized activities for people with disabilities. ChildFund hopes, with the expertise and profound knowledge of ACDC on this matter, the project will reach more vulnerable people”, says Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Lien, Country Director of ChildFund Viet Nam.

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Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Lien, ChildFund Vietnam's Country Director spoke at the workshop.

Following the introductory presentation on the rights of people with disabilities, Mr. Nguyen Trung Thanh, representative from Social Assistance Department, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Mr. Le Tuan Dong, representative of the Department of Medical Treatment Administration, Ministry of Health answered participants’ questions, such as disability grading, the right to health insurance of people with disabilities.

At the workshop, the implementation of people with disabilities’ rights in Cao Bang and Bac Kan, along with supportive solutions for people with disabilities in these two provinces was also explored and discussed.

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Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, representative of the Committee for the establishment of the Vietnamese Association of Deaf share her experience at the workshop.

Addressing the workshop, Dr. Dang Huynh Mai, President of the Vietnam Federation for People with Disabilities, said: “With the proactive engagement of participants, including people with disabilities, the workshop is expected to offer perspectives and approaches conducive to the empowerment of people with disabilities in Northern mountainous provinces.”

Throughout the workshop, the participants acquired knowledge of different disability forms, received answers to their questions about their rights and entitlement and gained more confidence in exercising their entitlement at their locality.

In addition, the workshop helped to connect self-help groups of people with disabilities established with ChildFund Vietnam's support in project areas with the Vietnam Association of People with disabilities and Committees for People with disabilities of other provinces.

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Mr. Nong Van Chuan, Head of the Self-Help Group for People with Disabilities supported by ChildFund in Na Ri district, Bac Kan province contributed ideas at the workshop.

In the coming time, the “We can” project will continue supporting the livelihood of people with disabilities, raising awareness of the community and promoting the empowerment of people with disabilities at the project areas in Cao Bang and Bac Kan.

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