A vocational class for persons with disabilities (Photo: VNA)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – A Finnish-funded project to enhance the integration of persons with disabilities was officially launched in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on December 16.

It is organised by Inclusive Development Action, a non-governmental organisation, and financed with 210,000 EUR (nearly 229,400 USD) by the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam.

The project has been already implemented since September this year and will last until November 2017 in Tan Cuong and Thinh Duc communes in Thai Nguyen city.

It is set to provide capacity building training for 170 local disabled persons and 40 officials in issues relating to the targeted group. It will also give consultations and hold forums, workshops and other events where participants can raise opinions about the disabled’s problems.

Exhibitions to raise public awareness of the disabled’s inclusion will also take place as part of the project.

At the launching ceremony, Annika Kaipola, Counsellor at the Finnish Embassy, said the project focuses on improving awareness and building capacity of people with disabilities, especially women, to facilitate their access to education and stable employment.

It ultimately aims to help the disabled overcome their own barriers and make their voice be heard by the community, thus changing the society’s attitudes towards them, she noted.-VNA