On October 27, 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of six new projects to support people with disabilities in Vietnam.
Mr. Joakim Parker presenting six new projects to support people with disabilities in Vietnam - Photo Source: Lao Dong Thu Do newspaper
The main objectives of these projects are to help improve the health, promote social inclusion as well as the rights of peoples with disabilities (PWD). This includes support to implement the Convention of the United Nations regarding the rights of PWD, to strengthen the coordination and implementation of the Law on PWD in Vietnam, to improve the system of rehabilitation services and provide direct assistance to PWD in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Thanks to its 10 years of experience in the field of supporting PWD, the Disability Research and Capacity Development Center (DRD) was one of the recipients of this support from the US Government to implement the project “Reach integration of people with disabilities” in Binh Dinh and Tay Ninh provinces during the period 2015-2017.
Hand shaking between Mrs. Luong Thi Quynh Lan – Vice-director of DRD and Mr. Joakim Parker - Photo Source: cut from a VTV clip
The objectives of this project are to create a society without barriers for PWD, including the respect of their rights and the possibility to take part in all social, economic and educational activities in an egalitarian way. By applying the social model based on the legal rights of PWD and enhancing the application of social work and of an approach based on community resources, this project focuses on activities that need the participation of the local authorities to raise awareness for PWD and the members of the community through behavior change communication to ensure that everyone has a proper understanding of the rights of PWD, of the capacity building for local PWD to help them to integrate society in an appropriate way. The project will also establish monitoring teams including PWD and local authorities to check and improve the access of public facilities.
The project is an important element in the promotion of DRD mission: help PWD to be more confident, and have a better quality of life in a non-discriminatory society by improving their skills and advocacy.