People with disabilities have increasingly been encouraged to engage in monitoring policy implementation and decision making in local issues related to their wellbeing, as a result of a nine-month project on the subject.

At a workshop held by the Vietnam Association for the Blind (VAB) on January 22 in Hanoi, the project was reviewed as raising awareness of laws and policies targeting people with disabilities and strengthening their involvement in the implementation in order to promote improved community integration.

The project, funded by the Public Participation and Accountability Facilitation Fund (PARAFF) was piloted in Thanh Ha district of northern Hai Duong province, home to more than 3,800 people with disabilities.

Under the project, training courses, talks, and games were organised to improve the target group’s understanding of relevant laws and legal documents.

Consultation services were offered, as well as user-friendly Braille lettered and audio versions of documents, to targeted groups in Thanh Ha district.

The project has benefited local people with disabilities, improved the implementation of relevant legal documents, and contributed to raising compassion and understanding across the community, said Pham Van Hung, Chairman of the district Fatherland Front Committee.-VNA