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Ha Noi & Dong Nai

In Vietnam, there are two cities where Vietnamese with disabilities can live their utmost potential: Ha Noi and Dong Nai.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. It has “sweeping boulevards, tree-fringed lakes and ancient pagodas.” Within the city limits is the Daum Kakao Corporation, one of Korea’s leading Internet services providers that has recently opened a centre to train the Vietnamese with disabilities on information technology. A team of volunteers, who are employees of the corporation, will monitor the centre that would be run in cooperation with the Korean International Co-operation Agency (KOICA).  Similar projects have been implemented in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar since 2007.

There are also three disability centers in Hanoi: the Ba Vi Disability Center, the Disabled Children’s Village, and the Centre for International Cooperation and Vietnam Talent Development (CVTD).

Meanwhile, the southeastern province of Vietnam has opened the Dong Nai Sports Center so that its citizens with disabilities can participate in the National Sport Games for People with Disabilities.

Hosted in coordination with the General Department of Sports and Physical Training and the Vietnam Paralympic Association, its goal is to select and train the Vietnamese athletes with physical disabilities for the Asian Paragames in Singapore in December.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” ~ Scott Hamilton

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of The Unbounded Space Project

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Asperger Syndrome

Asperger syndrome is a psychological condition characterized by obsessive and rigid behavior, poor communication skills, clumsiness, and a lack of empathy and reciprocity. State-funded outreach workers asserted that the condition had ‘exploded’ in Silicon Valley over the past 20 years and common among start-up founders of Internet companies. There is no clear consensus about it till today, however; it could just be a mild form of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication.

Although it could last a lifetime, Asperger syndrome has no cure. But there is an ideal treatment plan: improve the social skills of the patients as well as their behavior management. There is the OASIS @ MAAP: The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support Center where one can learn about this condition.

Also, while those with Asperger’s may be especially interested in video games, computers, or other screen-based media such as TV, it is advised to keep them out of their bedroom so that they wouldn’t be likely to sleep fewer hours and develop worse symptoms.

Those with Asperger’s would have poor handwriting. Make homework easier by typing schoolwork. Short videos of social stories available as apps for iPod Touch, iPads and smartphones can help those with Asperger’s navigate through social situations such as in how to carry on a conversation, how to compliment someone, how to resolve conflict, how to respect other people’s boundaries and other common social situations. Extant empirical literature also suggests that assistive technology—the iPad, for one—is an effective method of improving the emotional recognition of those with Asperger’s. These devices allow a close-to-real-life practice of turn taking, greetings, salutations, and eye contact.

“A person with autism lives in his own world, while a person with Asperger’s lives in our world, in a way of his own choosing.” ~Nicholas Sparks

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of The National Center for Learning Disabilities