Training need assessment of deaf people

On 10th May, REACH center organized a training needs survey for the deaf in Hanoi. 

This event is a part of REACH's Step-Up project which is to promote the integration of people with visual and hearing impaired into social-economic activities. We aim to achieve that by providing them vocational and life skills training. 

This is the first stage of the project process in order to identify skills and occupations that match the learning ability and needs of the deaf and people with hearing impaired. 

The speech of Mr. Dung Doan Tuan, Chief Operation Officer at the event 

With support from SDeaf in interpretation, a sign language company, participating deaf people were provided with detailed information about the training program. A questionnaire survey was distributed to them to collect information for REACH further analysis. 

Mr. Thai Anh’s speech 

Deaf participants filled out the survey form with support of volunteers

Like other forms of disability, deaf people face many challenges to obtain an education as well as employment. These due to the difficulties in communications, and prejudices in their abilities.  

“Deaf have difficulties in communicating with others,” says Quynh, a deaf participant. “They don’t understand the sign language; we don’t talk their language either”. 

That said, there are still opportunities for them. What they need is motivation and persistence to grasp these opportunities.

Quynh, a deaf participant, gave a speech inspiring deaf people 

“The only thing you need is patience in communicating and learning from others”, Quynh advises. “Overcome this struggle, you will get success”. 

Acknowledging this, REACH brought to the event some special guests with their inspiring stories. 

One of these special guests is Phuong Anh, who studied Food & Beverage course at REACH. 

“I am 20 years old, from Vinh Phuc, and also a deaf person. I learned at REACH through the Blue Dragon organization, and got a job at the Alfresco restaurant as a bartender," says Phuong Anh. "I still face many challenges in communicating with others due to my literacy is not good, but I always try my best to complete my work. Until now, I have been working for nearly 2 years. That is amazing."  

“Do not think you are different. You can do more than what you think”, agrees, Hoai Viet Pham, the director of Kym Viet company. 

Even though this is the very first stage of the project, the event initially motivated its target trainees and built them the confidence to step up. In addition to that, it provided REACH with essential information and data to design training courses meeting the needs of targeted participants.

Phuong Anh, told her successful story at work

Hoai Viet Pham, the director of Kym Viet company


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