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20100309 Research Report on Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Da Nang


20100309 Research Report on Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Da Nang
Knowledge, Attitudes, Pratices
It is estimated that there are over 1 million children with disabilities (CWD) in Viet Nam. Similar to
the movement globally, Viet Nam is shifting towards a social model of disability to facilitate inclusion of
this segment in to society. This model has its focus on required changes in society in terms of attitudes,
social support, information and physical structures that will enable the potential of disabled people to
contribute to society and add economic value.
UNICEF Viet Nam commenced a cross sectoral program for CWD, including Victims of Agent Orange,
in 2008. This program builds on existing UNICEF-supported work and partnerships to strengthen
policies, legislation and programs for CWD and their families. It includes both national and sub-national
components. At the sub-national level, the project focuses on capacity development, advocacy, service
delivery and research. Da Nang in central Viet Nam has been chosen as the first of a proposed three sites
for this project.
Research was required to understand capacity gaps and to inform policy development, as well as to
inform communications development that can change both individual and social behaviour. The purpose
of this research study is thus threefold: firstly, to understand the knowledge, attitudes and practices of
CWD and their families; secondly, to understand the perceptions of the community towards CWD and
thirdly, to understand the role of stakeholders (key governmental and non-governmental) in this area.