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Assisting persons with disabilities has long been one of the top priorities for the U.S. Government (USG) in Vietnam. Since 1989, the USG has helped address the medical needs and support the broader inclusion of Vietnamese with disabilities into all aspects of society. The USG has contributed over $60 million in assistance to people with disabilities, and during his historic meeting in summer 2013 with Vietnam's President Sang, President Obama reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to providing further medical and other care and assistance for persons with disabilities, regardless of cause.
Our activities range from national policy and legislation development to direct services for Vietnamese with disabilities. USAID helps disabled persons integrate into society by improving access to health, education and employment services. We support local governments in ensuring equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and influence public policies that affect their lives. Beginning with Senator Patrick Leahy's leadership under the War Victims Fund and more recently under additional programs, we have provided rehabilitation services for tens of thousands of people with disabilities, education and vocational training including information technology, job placement, supporting parent associations to expand their advocacy for disability issues, and support for development of legal codes allowing for better building access for people with disabilities. USAID is working to strengthen local capacity to provide for human health and well-being, which is integral to making Vietnam more inclusive and ensuring the sustainability of development interventions. Our work in this area is also viewed by many as contributing to successful U.S.-Vietnam cooperation to overcome the painful past shared by the two countries.
Currently, USAID is supporting several projects which provide assistance to persons with disabilities:
- Program of Comprehensive and Integrated Support to Persons with Disabilities.
- Inclusion of Vietnamese with Disabilities, with a focus on education and social inclusion and assistance to Government of Vietnam (GVN) partners to develop and implement disability related policies and programs.
Meet some of the persons with disabilities that have benefited from our programs:
- Training Puts Rural Girl with Disabilities on Path to Becoming an IT Professional
- New School Brings Hope to Disadvantaged
- Finding Encouragement, Being Included
- Realizing A Dream In “Me”
View some of our projects in action:
- USAID commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2013 in Danang
- USAID supports persons with disabilities
- USAID provides equipment and services to persons with disabilities in Danang
- IT Training Program at Dong A University
- Opening of Rehabilitation Department for Children at Danang Women's and Children's Hospital and Wheelchair Distribution in Danang
- IT Certificate Award Ceremony for students with disabilities at Van Lang University
- USAID-supported IT training for persons with disabilities expanded to Danang
- Launch of program for employment for persons with disabilities
- 2001: Establishment of National Coordination Committee on Disabilities
- 2002: Passage of Barrier Free Codes and Standards for Public Constructions
- 2006: Passage of Barrier Free Codes and Standards for Public Transportation
- 2006: Issuance of First National Action Plan on Disabilities (NAP) for 2006-2010
- 2007: Passage of Barrier Free Codes and Standards for Information, Communication and Technologies
- 2007: Formation of the Blue Ribbon Employer Council (BREC), which is comprised of international and national employers whose objective is to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
- 2007: Revision of Vocational Law to include an disability article
- 2010: Enactment of Vietnam Disability Law
- 2011: Issuance of Second National Action Plan on Disabilities (NAP) for 2011-2020
- 2012: Formation of Vietnam Federation for Disabilities (Vietnam DPO)
- 2012: Revision of Labor Code to include a disability article
- 2013: Passage of the Penalty Decree for Vietnam Disability Law
- Approximately 1,000 young Vietnamese with disabilities trained in advanced IT skills, soft skills, and job search skills; 85% of students trained in advanced IT skills were able to get jobs.
- 837 persons with disabilities received clinical examinations (for physical therapy, prostheses/orthoses, wheelchairs, hearing aids);
- 294 persons with disabilities received assistive devices (200 wheelchairs, 70 walking canes for the blind, 17 hearing aids, 1 standing frame, and 6 prostheses/orthoses);
- 451 children with disabilities received scholarships;
- 60 persons with disabilities received training on starting a business; 22 of these received small grants from the Danang Disabled People’s Organization for their business plan;
- 37 persons with disabilities were referred for employment and training opportunities; 15 received employment and 22 received vocational training;
- 3,469 teachers and administrators trained in inclusive education;
- 76% school-aged children with disabilities in Inclusion of Vietnamese with Disabilities project areas are going to school;
- 1,769 parents of children with disabilities were organized into 40 parent associations;
- 1,222 parents and teachers trained to provide community-based services for children with disabilities and their parents.
Last updated: March 11, 2014