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The Program started in October 2003 with four organizations for the blind and it is evolving as a Distance Learning Network with the ambition of estasblishing a large IT network for the blind in Vietnam.
The objective is to develop programs of assistive technology for visually impaired people and to provide innovative tools for learning.
We also promote collaboration between the partecipating organizations in order to share common interests and goals, work to facilitate the social integration of PWDs, promote awareness of capabilities and potentials of blind people.
Please refer to the following for issues and figures on disability in Vietnam.
Overview of disability in Vietnam, 2001

At the moment, the partecipating organizations include:

An Giang School for Children with Disabilities
Ben Tre Association of the Blind
Dong Nai Association of the Blind
Hue Association of the Blind
Sao Mai Computer Center for the Blind
Tay Ninh Center for the Blind

Blind people from Can Tho Association of the Blind and Tien Giang Association of the Blind have been trained in 2005 but the locations don't have adequate equipment.

Since the Distance Training Program was established, we installed computer rooms for member organizations, held conferences on issues related to applying computer technology for visually impaired people, trained staff of member organizations and visually impaired people assisted by member organizations.
All our activities focus on visual impairment, especially on using assistive technology.
In the partecipating locations there are about 40 computers that can access the Internet.
We want to create a system by which users can access material stored locally, can access material stored on the Program server, or retrieve information directly from the Internet.
School students have a place where they can type and print their homework for their sighted teachers or access information not available in Braille-books.
Young and adults have tools for communicating, studying, listening to music, writing, reading or just playing a game.
Accessible computer access points are making a difference in the life and future of all the blind who learn how to use the system.
Training is free.
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