Work Continues to Develop Disability Policy Training
As part of its current project under USAID funding, VNAH has been working with several partners develop a national training effort on disability. Government partners include the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Ministry of Health (MOH). Other partners are local consultants from Hanoi Law University as well as Professor Michael Stein from the Harvard Law School Project on Disability.
The collaboration has already made substantial progress in developing guidelines and training for disability policies, including the rights of persons with disabilities and appropriate claims procedures and processes for pursuing benefits under current laws and regulations. The training materials cover all aspects related to disability, including classification procedures, social protection policies, health care, education, employment, and vocational training.
ACDC (a disability advocate organization) and the Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) were also part of the drafting team developing these materials. After the initial trial training was conducted in Tay Ninh for local service providers, the training materials were modified and finalized.
Currently, VNAH staff are using these materials for train the trainer (TOT) trainings at selected provinces.
Comprehensive training, which began in May 2015, was conducted in Hanoi for 34 service providers and 27 PWD leaders from selected provinces. A training session on gender and disability was also included as part of the training agenda.
Following the program completion in Hanoi, the next steps include conducting these programs in 07 provinces (Hue, Thai Binh, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh and Dong Nai) for Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) leaders and persons with disabilities, and in 03 provinces (Thai Binh, Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh) for local service providers.