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Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm




Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

A meeting to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (December 3) was held in Hanoi on November 27 by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).


In response to this year’s theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and Beyond”, the MOLISA has worked with relevant organisations to hold many activities, such as issuing guidance for implementing the Law on Persons with Disabilities and organising a “Persons with Disabilities and Jobs” contest and seminar to share experiences in the labour market.


After the meeting, there was a fair to introduce products made by persons with disabilities and to announce the winners of the “persons with disabilities and jobs” contest as well as cultural and sporting activities for disabled people.


A job bazaar was also held to provide opportunities for disabled people to look for employment.


An exchange called “Disabilities and Development” will take place at the Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace in the evening of November 27 to honour businesses that have helped persons with disabilities overcome difficulties in recent times.


On the occasion, the US based NGO, LDSC presented 15 wheelchairs to Vietnamese disabled people.


There are around 600 million persons with disabilities in the world, including 400 million people in 63 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam has around 5.3 million persons with disabilities, accounting for 6.34 percent of its population.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

People with disabilities get new hair-styles

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm




People with disabilities get new hair-styles


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Some 100 people with disabilities across Hanoi joined an exchange with 15 Japanese hair stylists from the Henkel Company held in the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on May 20th.


After the exchange, organised by the Hanoi Independent Living Center for the Disabled, professional hair stylists offered free haircuts to the participants.


Besides, a short-time vocational training course would be opened for any disabled who are keen on hairdressing and hair style.


The Hanoi Independent Living Center for the Disabled has hosted a number of events to encourage and create more opportunities for the disabled to integrate into the community and to get practical experience.


Japanese hair stylist exchange with Hanoians and with people with disabilities is part of the Japanese guests’ first voluntary activities in Vietnam.


Henkel Company, a branch of Schwarzkopf Professional, is well-known for not only its products, but also its social activities including voluntary journeys, free hair-dressing training courses for the disabled, poor youths and street children in developing countries.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Ensuring social welfare for people with disabilities

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm




Ensuring social welfare for people with disabilities


QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Party and State always pay due attention to people with disabilities, showing their determination to adopt policies for the disabled in line with their approval of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


To mark National Day of Persons with Disabilities Day (April 18), a Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed the Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Trong Dam, about issues related to the disabled.


Reporter: Could you brief us on policies for people with disabilities over the past few years?


Mr Dam: The Party and State always give special attention to the disadvantaged and handicapped people. In 2006, Vietnam signed to join the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, indicating its determination to build policies for the disabled towards ensuring the adoption of the convention.


In addition, the Ordinance on People with Disabilities has been upgraded to the Law on People with Disabilities which will be approved at the 7th session of the 12th National Assembly in May. Many action programmes have focused on developing services for the disabled and ensuring their rights in the best way.


Over the past years, the adoption of legal policies for the disabled has created a legal framework for providing assistance and care for them, clarifying the responsibility of functional agencies and helping them to gain access to social services. As a result, disabled people’s material and spiritual lives have gradually improved.


Reporter: Could you please elaborate on the Law on People with Disabilities which is expected to be adopted at the NA’s upcoming session?


Mr Dam: The Law aims to change public awareness of the disabled, pinpoint the responsibility of the State, families and society for the disabled and stipulate their fundamental rights. It also refers to policies for the disabled with a focus on providing vocational training, healthcare and cultural education.


Reporter: What should be done to help people with disabilities?


Mr Dam: In order to bring the policies for the disabled to life, it is essential to narrow the gap between society and the disabled by intensifying media activities.


Media agencies play an important role in changing social awareness to remove barriers for the disabled, thus helping overcome their limitations so as to integrate into the community. We should socially regard the disabled as ordinary people.


Reporter: How has the social attitude towards the disabled changed?


Mr Dam: In recent years, public attitudes towards the disabled have been changed as many are very energetic and can manage well to surmount the difficulties of life. With support from the State and families, they have gradually integrated into the community. Many of them perform roles as owners of high-tech businesses which provide jobs for people in the same circumstances alongside non-disabled workers. However, there remains discriminatory treatment against the disabled, it is assumed they can’t do anything but rely on their families and State subsidies. This has impeded them from fully integrating into the community.


Reporter: Vietnam has approximately 5.4 million disabled people. What do think about this figure compared to the number in the world? What should we do to minimise this figure?


Mr Dam: The current figures might actually be some what inaccurate due to the evaluation criteria for the disabled. In my opinion, the number of disabled in Vietnam may continue increasing in the future as people are facing dangers such as bad transport, epidemics, a polluted environment and poor healthcare services.


Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the number of handicapped people by building programmes for orthopedics, functional rehabilitation and preventing accidental injury.


Reporter: It is said that the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is planning to develop social affairs-related careers. Could you please tell more about this issue?


Mr Dam: The Prime Minister has signed Decision No 32 on developing social-affairs-related careers. Like other countries in the world, Vietnam should consider such social activities to be a knowledge-based career the same as other careers. In life, we may all face unpredictable difficulties or misfortune and when that happens, we will need help from social organizations. Consequently, the State and localities should build social consultation centres to deal with issues related to family violence, child trafficking and abandoned children to ensure social welfare for the disabled as well as able-bodied people.


Reporter:  Thank you so much.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND