Late last year, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Viet Nam commissioned a series of documentaries from persons with disabilities. As part of the project, a group of persons with disabilities received training on communication skills. They were then given cameras and asked to produce short films about their daily lives, the challenges they face and their aspirations for the future. The results were stunning and broadcasted on national TV. The project also served to help boost the self-confidence of the filmmakers.
The most popular film among the audience was “Experience with the wheelchair”. As recalled by Ms. Vu Thuong at the beginning of the film, “in Viet Nam, it is obvious that persons with disabilities have trouble moving because they have to use the wheelchair. But not everyone understands how hard it is”. The film then goes on to show some of the difficulties persons in wheelchairs face when moving around Hanoi.
In terms of accessibility, the UN is leading the way in Hanoi. Along with many other UN agencies, UNDP is located in the Green One UN House. The building is well known to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient, but little is known about its accessibility to persons with disabilities.