HCM CITY (VNS)— Many associations and organisations around the country have helped people with disabilities speak up about their civil rights by offering them training and counselling.
Nguyen Minh Hao of Kien Giang Province, for example, said that he received a scholarship and was trained in soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership and interviewing for jobs.
Hao, who is physically disabled, is a member of the Dot Pha Group, which is part of the Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD) Center in HCM City's District 10.
The group introduced him to a mentor who helped Hao with his difficulties.
"I now have more understanding about the rights of people with disabilities and the related laws," he said.
In recent years, more associations and organisations have been set up in provinces and cities to assist people with disabilities, and there are now a total of about 35 such groups.
In Ha Noi, for instance, associations for people with disabilities exist in districts as well as wards and towns.
Along with teaching them about state laws, the associations hold literacy classes. Abouts 40 per cent of people with disabilities in the country cannot read or write.
Vocational counselling and training have also been provided.
Many clubs and centres have also been set up to provide assistance and secure equal opportunities for their members.
To ensure their rights to access healthcare, education, entertainment and transportation, associations that assist people with disabilities also urge the latter to speak up about government policies that could affect them.
Viet Nam has nearly 6.7 million people with disabilities, accounting for 8 per cent of the total population, according to Hoang Chi Trung, head of the Department of International Organisations under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Trung spoke at a two-day conference on assistance models for people with disabilities that began yesterday in HCM City. He said there was an upward trend in the number of people with disabilities because of the number of traffic and workplace accidents. — VNS