Project enhancing access to legal assistance for persons with disabilities

The Ho Chi Minh City Disabilities Research and Capacity Development Centre (DRD) has tied up with lawyers to provide legal aid and safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities.

VNA/VNS Photo Hong Kieu

It will first be introduced in HCM City and Quang Binh province with sponsorship from the Justice Initiatives Facilitation Fund of the EU Legal and Judicial Empowerment Programme in Vietnam.

It will provide disabled people with legal aid related to employment, health, education, and labour. 

Nguyen Ha Bich Phuong from the DRD said volunteers from clubs for persons with disabilities in HCM City and Quang Binh will connect with lawyers and legal aid centres to provide counselling for free.

It has also developed a mobile phone application called DLAW for persons with disabilities to ask questions to lawyers.

Besides, they can also access the DRD’s website and Facebook page to see the latest legal documents and policies and administrative procedures and seek answers to their problems.

When the DRD comes to know of a legal problem faced by persons with disabilities, it will raise them with relevant agencies.

Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD) was established in 2005 under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation. 

As a non-governmental and non-profit organization, DRD works alongside the community to create support models that promote the rights of persons living with disabilities. Members of this community desire equal opportunities and the chance to be encouraged to fully participate in social activities, just as the other members of the society do.

Some 7 per cent of Vietnam’s population is persons with disabilities, equivalent to 6.2 million people. The percentage is expected to rise under impacts of a rapidly ageing population, non-communicable diseases, accidents and natural disasters, according to the Health Ministry.

Tu Anh