|Over the last 45 years, the association has extended its branches to 52 of the country's 63 localities.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — State agencies needed to review existing legislation to make suitable changes to Government policies towards the blind and offer them better support, said Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan on Wednesday.
Doan made the statement at a ceremony held in Ha Noi to mark the 45th anniversary since the establishment of the Viet Nam Association for the Blind.
Her statement mirrored that of Cao Van Thanh, the association's chairman, who said several policies had become outdated.
Doan also took the occasion to praise blind people and the association for their determination to overcome difficulties, make remarkable achievements and contribute to the country's development.
As chairman, Thanh thanked the Government for its support over the past 45 years.
Thanks to that support, the association had gone from only 100 members at the beginning to 66,440 members today, he said.
He said that 334 factories which produced a wide range of products and services such as souvenirs and handicraft objects to stationery and spa services were operating under the management of the association, employing more than 4,000 workers.
He added that before, 95 per cent of blind people were illiterate, but now, tens of thousands knew how to read and write.
He said the proportion of the association's poor members remained high at 27 per cent, and the intellectual capacity of its members was still low compared to ably-sighted members of society.
Over the last 45 years, the association has extended its branches to 52 of the country's 63 localities. The association plans to set up branches in the remaining provinces to provide more widespread support for blind people. — VNS