USAID Supports Practitioner Training in Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities

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Friday, July 30, 2021

A number of rehabilitation doctors and technicians working with persons with disabilities in Vietnam have not been trained in assistive technologies. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing tools or adapted systems to help, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, prosthetics, eating devices, etc. Training on assistive devices focuses on developing competencies or assessment, prescription, fitting and follow-up on the devices or technologies that support persons with disabilities’ daily life functions. The assistive devices also improve care and self-care of persons with disabilities.

In June 2021, for the first time, twenty-two doctors and rehabilitation technicians from three provinces of Hue, Quang Nam and Binh Dinh, had access to accredited training in assistive technologies, conducted by Assistive Technology Australia and Rehabskills Limited – United Kingdom, through collaboration with USAID’s Moving Without Limits project. The training gives doctors and technicians in Vietnam the necessary knowledge and skills to better serve persons with disabilities by incorporating assistive devices. Later on, the graduates from this training will form a national core group in assistive technology and continue the development of the sector.

Generating a quality workforce will improve rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities in Vietnam, consequently enhancing their health condition, increase independence and participation, and help them to become contributing members of society.

Last updated: September 13, 2021

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