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Ninh Thuan (VNA) – A workshop was held in southern Ninh Thuan province on April 29 discussing ways to support children with disabilities in social integration.

Speaking at the event, delegates shared the view that disabled children should be helped to attend school and they require special support that fit their ages and specific needs. More special centres should also be established to provide them with care, rehabilitation services and social skills.

The participation of entire society, including the community, state agencies, local authorities and the families, is vital for all these things to happen, said Nguyen Anh Linh, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Education and Training.

The special centre for social integration is a new concept in Vietnam, with only several facilities having opened so far in ten cities and provinces.

Ninh Thuan launched its first centre in Ninh Phuoc district in December last year. It is also home to two private ones.

The province has about 2,000 people with disabilities and only 26 percent of disabled children are attending schools, Linh noted, adding that it was largely owing to the lack of supporting policies for them as well as special childcare personnel and facilities.

Many parents also lack of confidence on the special schools for children with disabilities.-VNA