On May 8th 2017, the Accessibility for Inclusion project by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had a visit to Vocational Training School of Southern Tay Ninh and organized the event ONE WORLD FOR ALL.
This was one of the most important activities of the project aiming to raise public awareness of disabilities, especially the difficulties faced by students with disabilities.
Mr. Pham Van Vinh, Vice headmaster of the school, was giving a speech
The event lasted for 150 minutes. During this time, stories told by guests gave students of the school a better insight into the difficulties that challenged students with disabilities: infrastructure is inaccessible for some types of disabilities, some subjects are not suitable for students with disabilities, study materials specified for those with visual impairments or hearing impairments are scarce, etc.
The event gathered over 200 people including students, administrators and teachers of the school.
An overview of the event
In the discussion section, Mr. Nguyen Van Kieu, the headmaster of the school, said: “Since the Law on Persons with Disabilities went effective in 2011, there have been no guiding documents regarding how to practise the Law. We acknowledge that we haven’t done enough for the sake of students with disabilities. Today’s event has furthered my understanding of the difficulties that people with disabilities are facing. People with disabilities have human rights and deserve to be treated equally with those without disabilities …”
Mr. Nguyen Van Kieu, the headmaster of the school
Most of students in the event thought people with disabilities rarely went out because they were shy about their disabilities
Some thoughts shared by delegates: