Vietnam on Sunday launched the country's first research center for the benefit of deaf children in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Center for Research and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CED) will be the first social organization in Vietnam run by people with hearing problems to serve others in the same situation, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Some basic services provided by the center include free measurement of hearing capacity for children, psychological counseling, language and behavior courses, and meetings where experiences are shared.
The center will provide sonometers to poor children, offering various training programs for sign language, lip reading in English and Vietnamese, life skills, and communication skills for both disadvantaged children and their parents.
It will also give some vocational orientation to help the children integrate into mainstream society.
Duong Phuong Hanh, director of the center and a deaf person herself, said the center aims to build a positive image of the deaf people community and help them come over their complexes and prove their capacity in different areas.