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  • Organisation

    The Aid for Children with Disability Association (ACDA) is a Lao self-help association that supports children with disabilities. ACDA serves as the host organisation of Disability Service Centre (DSC). DSC is a social enterprise registered under the framework of the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce in May 2017. DSC is based on the idea that all persons with disabilities should live life without discrimination and benefit from equal accessibility.

    • Organisation

      The Aid for Children with Disability Association (ACDA) is a Lao self-help association that supports children with disabilities. ACDA serves as the host organisation of Disability Service Centre (DSC). DSC is a social enterprise registered under the framework of the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce in May 2017. DSC is based on the idea that all persons with disabilities should live life without discrimination and benefit from equal accessibility.

    • Project

      During the 5th ASEAN Blind Forum, Mr. Aikeo Koomanivong, former acting president of the Vocational Development for the Blind Association and director of Disability Service Centre (DSC) submitted a country report from Laos. The report stated that in 2016 and 2017 only 270 visually impaired people can read basic Braille, 30 graduated from high school, 16 graduated from college and 7 are working as teachers for the visually impaired. According to the national census of 2015, an estimated 78,175 people in Laos are visually impaired,  and the numbers are in stark contrast with the reality, showing that the lack of opportunities to access higher education need to be seriously addressed.

      The project titled Capacity strengthening for the blind promotes inclusive education and full participation for visually impaired persons in higher education and society as a whole. In addition, the project promotes self-sufficiency and reliance for visually impaired persons, empowers and enhances leadership skills of visually impaired leaders, and builds the organisational capacity of DSC in areas such as strategic planning and staff development. The project increases the participation of blind people in social and economic life, raises awareness on their rights, and strengthens the capacity of leaders who are visually impaired to more effectively defend their rights  in policy and decision-making.

      The groups for this project are visually impaired students who have recently enrolled at the National University of Laos, particularly those in the Faculty of Education. DSC members, visually impaired workers, and entrepreneurs, as well as leaders and potential leaders (new-undergraduates) working in the education and law enforcement sectors.

  • Project

    During the 5th ASEAN Blind Forum, Mr. Aikeo Koomanivong, former acting president of the Vocational Development for the Blind Association and director of Disability Service Centre (DSC) submitted a country report from Laos. The report stated that in 2016 and 2017 only 270 visually impaired people can read basic Braille, 30 graduated from high school, 16 graduated from college and 7 are working as teachers for the visually impaired. According to the national census of 2015, an estimated 78,175 people in Laos are visually impaired,  and the numbers are in stark contrast with the reality, showing that the lack of opportunities to access higher education need to be seriously addressed.

    The project titled Capacity strengthening for the blind promotes inclusive education and full participation for visually impaired persons in higher education and society as a whole. In addition, the project promotes self-sufficiency and reliance for visually impaired persons, empowers and enhances leadership skills of visually impaired leaders, and builds the organisational capacity of DSC in areas such as strategic planning and staff development. The project increases the participation of blind people in social and economic life, raises awareness on their rights, and strengthens the capacity of leaders who are visually impaired to more effectively defend their rights  in policy and decision-making.

    The groups for this project are visually impaired students who have recently enrolled at the National University of Laos, particularly those in the Faculty of Education. DSC members, visually impaired workers, and entrepreneurs, as well as leaders and potential leaders (new-undergraduates) working in the education and law enforcement sectors.

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