To continue the momentum toward achieving disability rights in Vietnam, participation from all segments of society is needed.

Welcome!

The RightsNow! project is honored to work with disability leaders, advocates and allies in Vietnam to strengthen communities through disability rights implementation.

There is a strong consensus between the disability community and government of Vietnam that people with disabilities should have equal opportunities to contribute to society and their country. The National Coordinating Council on Disability (NCCD) was established in 2001 under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and was tasked with the responsibility of coordinating, promoting and monitoring disability policies, legislation and the 2012-2020 National Action Plan to Support Persons with Disabilities. From 2010-2013, the government issued regulations to implement some areas of the law, and in November 2014, ratified the CRPD after the National Assembly of 500 members voted unanimously in favor of ratification.

On October 9, 2015, the Prime Minister of Vietnam established a new National Committee for Vietnamese Persons with Disabilities, in order to comply with provisions of the CRPD. The committee is charged with assisting the Prime Minister to steer the coordination between ministries, sectors and localities in addressing issues related to persons with disabilities.

In spite of these developments, people with disabilities are extremely segregated from mainstream society due to significant barriers from social stigma, inaccessible transportation and infrastructure, lack of accessible communication for individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing and people who are blind, lack of independent living support systems, and lack of access to quality education and employment.

Disability-led organizations, including 23 official Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) who have an official relationship and role with the national and provincial governments, are actively engaging with their communities and government to identify solutions that will guarantee full inclusion of disabled citizens through effective implementation and monitoring of existing laws, action plans, and policies.

The RightsNow! project welcomes all people to become actively involved in strengthening disability rights in Vietnam using the tools and resources available in the Global Disability Rights Now! resource center.

RightsNow! Activities in Vietnam

In October 2015, RightsNow! sent a team of U.S. experts in disability law, political advocacy, monitoring, and employment to Hanoi to conduct a five-day training with 27 disability-led NGOs, official DPOs, and government leaders from throughout the country. The competency-based, interactive training included sessions that drew from the U.S. experience and provided opportunities for participants to explore models of monitoring of disability rights laws, effective policy advocacy strategies, and key principles of strong legislation. A key component of the training was the preparation for and conduct of participant-led, issue-based high-level meetings with five key Ministries. These high-level meetings were aligned with collaborative action plans developed during the week by the participants and focused on infrastructural physical accessibility, transportation, inclusive education, independent living, and equitable disability certification and insurance coverage.   

In March 2015, our project team conducted a 5-day introductory visit to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang, where they met with a wide range of stakeholders to get first-hand information on the status of the implementation and enforcement of national disability legal frameworks. The U.S. experts co-facilitated meetings with officials representing the national and provincial governments; individuals with disabilities leading, working, or volunteering with disability led NGOs; official and unofficial DPOs; and Deaf clubs. The RightsNow! team also met with representatives from the US Embassy and USAID.

RightsNow! activities are arranged in collaboration with the Action to Community Development Center (ACDC).

Vietnamese Resources

The key resources below are available in Vietnamese. It is our intention to continue to provide additional resources in Vietnamese.