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ONLINE TALK: “People with Disabilities Accessible Cities: Built Environment and Transport”

 

On August 6, an online talk on “People with Disabilities (PWDs) Accessible Cities - Built Environment and Transport” was held in Hanoi by Aus4Skills (Australian Alumni in Vietnam), for Australian alumni and invited guests. The event was facilitated by Ms. Nguyen Thi Lan Anh – the University of Sydney alumna, Director of the Action to the Community Development Institute (ACDC).

The online talk was participated by Mr. Michael Sadlon - Program Director, Aus4Skills; Mr. Pham Hoai Chung - Deputy Director of the Institute of Transport Strategy and Development - Ministry of Transport; Dr. Vo Thi Hoang Yen - Alumna of La Trobe University (Australia), Founder and Director of the Disability Research & Capacity Development (DRD), Vice President of Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD); Ms. Duong Thi Van - Chairwoman, Hanoi Association of People with Disabilities (DP Hanoi), Vice President, Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD), together with Australian alumni who were disabled, PWDs organisations’ representatives, Vietnamese and international NGOs, and representatives of press agencies.

Picture8Participants in the online talk

According to statistics from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, PWDs in Vietnam account for 7% of the population. Many of them struggle to find stable work and income. In fact, information on employment for PWDs as well as employment policies, and reasonable workplace arrangement is limited. Information is also provided in different formats, which is difficult for PWDs to access. Therefore, it is difficult for PWDs and employers to access the information they need.

To improve accessibility and thereby improving the quality of life for PWDs in Vietnam, the Australia-Vietnam Human Resources Development Program (Aus4Skills) has actively implemented many activities to support PWDs, including the work of the Australian Alumni of the Disability Inclusion Professional Group.

The talk aimed to share PWDs’ perspectives on the accessibility of the city where they live and work, thereby voicing their expectations on improving the accessibility of cities to the community and policy makers; to promote the implementation of Australia-Vietnam policy commitments to ensure disability inclusion; and to strengthen linkages between Australian Alumni of the Disability Inclusion Professional Group and Disability Inclusion Organisations from Australia.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Michael Sadlon, Aus4Skills Program Director said: “The overarching focus of all the Group’s activities is improving accessibility for people with disabilities in Vietnam in areas such as : physical environments; assistive technology education; employment; and health care.”

Mr Michael Sadlon during his opening speech
Mr. Michael Sadlon, Program Director of Aus4Skilks during his opening speech

The topic of the talk: "People with Disabilities’ Accessible Cities - Built Environment and Transport" was discussed at a time when everyone's movement is restricted by COVID-19. Yet PWDs experience accessibility challenges every day in our cities. Thus, we need to know their barriers to best support them.

Hy vọng trong thời gian tới người khuyết tật có thể được hỗ trợ tốt hơn trong tham gia giao thông cũng như các vấn đề xã hội khác từ phía các cựu sinh viên Australia và các tổ chức xã hội.

At the talk, the speakers also raised the problems faced by PWDs in the process of participating in traffic as well as answered some questions asked by PWDs.

Hopefully in the future PWDs can be better supported in traffic as well as other social issues from Australian alumni and social organisations.

Nguồn: Trang Trần - hoanhap.vn

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