VNAH Marks 35th Anniversary of Vietnam National Disability Day
L to R: Mr. Nguyen trong Dam, MOLISA Vice Minister; Mr. Joakim Parker, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director; Mme. Nguyen thi Doan, Vice President of Vietnam and Mme. Dang huynh Mai, Chairperson of Vietnam Federation on Disability
On April 18, 2015 Vietnam marked the 35th National Disability Day in Hanoi with an event organized by VNAH and the Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) and with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The theme, “Hearts Are Not Disabilities,” was highlighted throughout the program to promote the understanding that persons with disabilities should not be judged solely on their disabilities but rather be seen as a whole person.
“The theme this year was very meaningful. Society’s focus should be directed on the person’s strengths and not limitations,” said Ca Van Tran, President of VNAH. “Each person has determination, motivation, ideas, and heart.”
Among the honored speakers at the event were Madam Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of Vietnam; Madam Dang Huynh Mai, Chairperson of Vietnam Federation of Disability; and Mr. Joakim Parker, USAID Mission Director. The program featured musical entertainment, awards to local enterprises and organizations recognized for their outstanding contributions toward the employment of Vietnamese with disabilities. The program was aired live on national television to promote greater awareness about the capacities and strengths of persons with disabilities and the need for a more accessible environment in Vietnam.