Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and with the acceptance of the People’s Committee of Tay Ninh Province, the Center of Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD) collaborated with Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Tay Ninh Province to provide training on “Equality and integration” for 64 parents of people with disabilities. The training took place in three continuous days (from January 17 to 19,2018) at Ninh Trung village, Dong Khoi village and Long Thanh Bac village. These three villages are the targeted areas of the project “Accessibility for all” for the period from 2017-2020.
Picture: Participants shared opinions during the training
The training contents helped people who are close with people with disabilities to have a right understanding of issues relating to people with disabilities, including:
- Disability and handicap;
- Popular models to support people with disabilities currently;
- Rights of people with disabilities;
- Difficulties to help people with disabilities and their families when joining social activities;
- Solutions to help people with disabilities to have an equal life, and access to public facilities, education, health care and employments…
From that, family members of people with disabilities wouldhave more positive outlooks of the ability of people with disabilities to integrate into the society.
Using participatory training method in which focus was on the trainees, the trainer has designed a variety of activities, including big and small group discussions, and games, to actively engage the parents in learning the new concepts. Lessons learned from participants' own experiences have made them more comfortable in acquiring new knowledge.
Picture: The participants presented group discussion
Feedback from post-training sharing and observation shows that the majority of participants were able to talk about concepts related to disability, the rights of people with disabilities, difficulties and solutions so that people with disabilities have equal opportunities for equal participation in social activities.
Some participant's post-training comments also showed that the active teaching method werenew and exciting for learners because it facilitated learners to share and learn from their personal experiences. "I feel more open to share and learn from other people. Her (the trainer’s) explanation is very close to us so I learnt very quickly. I hope that next time the program will come to many places so others also have the opportunity to learn as we do. " Another practitioner said, "I have a child with a disability. At times I do not understand what my child said. Sometimes after work, I am tired and I cannot control myself and feel my child is annoying. It may take a long time for me to remember all the things I've learned, but what I can do beforehand is to think about letting my kid interacts with many people. "
Picture: Group picture