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Persons with Disabilities

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Students show text-to-speech technology that helps students with disabilities use computers.
Students show text-to-speech technology that helps students with disabilities use computers.
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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 persons 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 persons with disabilities 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 persons 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 requesting building access for persons 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.

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

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Key Policy Milestones

  • 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
  • 2014: Ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • 2015: Formation of National Committee on Disabilities

Key Service Delivery Achievements in Inclusive Education (2005-2015)

  • 1,450 young Vietnamese with disabilities trained in advanced IT skills, soft skills, and job search skills; over 60% of students trained in advanced IT skills were able to get jobs.
  • Over 5,400 children with disabilities benefited from project’s inclusive education assistance.
  • 882 education managers, secondary education teachers and staff from 5 provinces, Association of Blind people, Deaf Associations and Rehabilitation Centers were trained on distance learning.
  • The project-supported website (www.giaoduchoanhap.edu.vn) has had over 171,000 hits to date, mostly from educational institutions and centers participating in the ICT pilot and other educational experts in field.
  • The online library contains more than one hundred materials including teacher training materials, publications on teaching children with certain type of disabilities, management of inclusive education
  • 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: August 01, 2016

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