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City gets project on educational access for students with disabilities

Update: April, 02/2016 - 10:12
A project that will support university students with disaiblities in their studies was launched by the HCM City Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre on Thursday. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HCM CITY —  A project that will support university students with disaiblities in their studies was launched by the HCM City Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre on Thursday (March 31).

Under the sponsorship of the Embassy of Ireland, the project will be carried out at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the University of Education.

The disability centre expects to expand the one-year project to other universities in the city.

The students will be provided study-aid devices such as audiobooks, and volunteers will help with their studies. The students will also be made aware of their rights to full educational access.

University staff, who will be trained in disability rights and awareness, will provide assistance to the students.

The students with disabilities will also receive support so they can apply for internships at companies or jobs after graduation.

Lưu Thị Ánh Loan, the centre’s acting director, said that students with disabilities still faced difficulties at universities and colleges.

For instance, building access is still poor, and the procedures for tuition and subject exemption are also complicated.

The students also lack devices to aid their learning such as textbooks in Braille or audiobooks. This has caused many of them to drop out.

There are 6.1 million people with disabilities aged five and above in the country, accounting for 7.8 per cent of the total population, according to the 2009 Population and Housing Census.

Of these, less than 0.1 per cent study at universities or colleges. — VNS

 

 

 

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