Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities observed

Hundreds of handicapped people attended a get-together and exchange program in Hanoi on December 3 to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

40 stalls at the event showcased products and services for disabled people and a jobs bazaar was also held to provide opportunities for disabled people to look for employment.

A new law will be enforced, effective from January 1, 2012, which will greatly benefit disadvantaged persons and affirm Vietnam’s commitment to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The new law will create a better environment for the disabled, helping them to take part in social activities and integrate into the community and enjoy an improved spiritual and material life.

There are an estimated 600 million persons with disabilities in the world, including 400 million living in 63 countries and territories in the Asian-Pacific region alone. Vietnam has around 6.7 million disabled people, accounting for 6.34 percent of its population.

On the same day, Suoi Tien Park welcomed 6,000 disabled people to join in a free festival. Disabled people were guided into the park by 1,000 volunteers and more than 800 staff of the Suoi Tien Park.

By H.Thu,P.Trung – Translated by T.Huong

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