Hanoi authorities are implementing an early intervention programme in a bid to support disabled children’s intellectual and physical development.

Hoan Kiem is the capital’s first district to carry out the project in 34 kindergartens and private schools.

At this age, the development of language and social skills is at a crucial point. For this reason, early detection of disabilities and prompt intervention can help children integrate better into the community, Director of the district’s Centre for Population and Family Planning Truong Thi Kim Hoa said.

However, several problems are hindering the implementation of the programme, particularly a lack of coordination from parents.

To expand the programme, authorities need to increase public awareness, especially amongst parents and teachers, whilst working closely with healthcare workers to detect impairments at an early stage.

Hanoi is home to nearly 10,000 children with disabilities..

In 2010, Vietnam passed the Law on People with Disabilities, which is the country’s legal framework for protecting the rights of disabled people, in line with the UN Convention.

The education development strategy for 2011-2020 aims to have 70 percent of children with disabilities attending school by 2020.-VNA