The disabled people assistance project for 2014-2020 in Ho Chi Minh City requires new facilities to provide wheelchair-accessible areas, according to the Saigon Giai phong daily.

Architects will receive training courses on designing wheelchair-accessible facilities. These include new state-run headquarters, offices, medical clinics, educational facilities, cultural houses, and public areas.

The city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will be renovated for wheelchair accessibility, the paper said, adding that customers with special needs visiting these facilities will be able to receive help on the ground floors.

Bus drivers will also receive training to serve people with disabilities.

Children under six years old will receive thorough examinations to detect any disabilities. Parents are encouraged to provide schooling for children with disabilities to ensure education for at least 90 percent.

Private schools with special education programmes will receive tax exemptions.

The project has a total investment of 204 billion VND (9.7 million USD), the paper said.-VNA