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Persons with Disabilities

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A person with disabilities in Quang Nam Province on a tricycle wheelchair provided with USAID support.
A person with disabilities in Quang Nam province on a tricycle wheelchair provided with USAID support.

Assisting persons with disabilities has long been one of the top priorities for the U.S. Government in Vietnam. Since 1989, with the establishment of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Leahy War Victims Fund (LWVF), USAID is working to increase the availability of and access to a wide variety of programs benefiting people with disabilities in conflict-affected countries.

In Vietnam, U. S. assistance has helped address medical needs and support the inclusion of Vietnamese with disabilities into all aspects of society. The U.S. Government has contributed more than $100 million in assistance to persons with disabilities, has improved the lives of more than 30,000 persons with disabilities, and has strengthened the Government of Vietnam’s capacity to provide high quality services to those in need. USAID has provided rehabilitation services for tens of thousands of persons with disabilities, education and vocational training including information technology, job placement, supporting parent associations to expand the advocacy for disability issues, and support for the development of legal codes to improve physical accessibility for persons with disabilities in public buildings. Our work supporting persons with disabilities is also viewed by many as contributing to successful U.S.-Vietnam cooperation to overcome the painful past shared by the two countries. Program activities work in three areas: policy advocacy and coordination, direct assistance including occupational and physical therapy and providing assistive devices, and health systems strengthening to provide quality disabilities-related care and treatment. Persons with disabilities have been more readily integrated into society by improving their access to health, education and social services. USAID programs support local governments in implementing the national disability law and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and influencing public policies that affect the lives of persons with disabilities.

USAID’s Disability Programs 2015-2020

USAID continues its support to persons with disabilities in Vietnam through six projects that were awarded in 2015. The projects aim to support the implementation of disability laws and regulations, strengthening rehabilitation service systems and providing direct assistance to persons, particularly those with significant disabilities. USAID also supports the development of local Disabled Persons Organizations and their advocacy.

See our Project List  |  See our Project Map


Meet some of the persons with disabilities that have benefited from our programs:

View some of our projects in action:

Last updated: November 08, 2018

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