President Truong Tan Sang had a meeting in Hanoi on April 17 with role model people with disabilities and the disabled people’s organisations on the occasion of the Vietnamese Day for People with Disabilities (April 18).

The President confirmed that the Party and State always pay special attention to the disabled through concrete policies.

Care for the disabled has been improved, however, there remain prejudices against them, hindering their efforts to integrate into the community, he said.

President Sang asked relevant agencies and all people to continue taking care of those disadvantaged people.

The Vietnam Disabled People’s Association has 17 member societies in provinces and cities nationwide.

It has launched activities to raise public awareness on people with disabilities and given comments to the legal documents built for the disadvantaged people.

Also on the occasion, a festival for visually-impaired people was held in the capital Hanoi on April 17.

This year’s festival, the second of its kind, honoured ten outstanding blind individuals along with a cultural and sports exchange between city students and the blind.

A job placement event was organised for the visually-impaired participants.

The first festival was held in 2011.-VNA