the unique family in Binh Dinh province
THE UNIQUE FAMILY
I am an instructor of the Center for Children with visual impairment. Today, I would like to share with everyone the story of a family with impairment in a remote province of Vietnam. With me, they are energetic, loving and caring, optimistic and enthusiatic.
I met this unique family in Binh Dinh, a central province of Vietnam, about 650 km from Hochiminh city, during our training for parents and children with severe disabilities including visual impairment in early of July, 2019. One of our outreach service is for the children who are severe impaired in remote areas. We conduct a training for parents and children from 5 to 10 days on rehabilitation skills and basic self-serve skills every summer. This summer we brought our staff to Binh Dinh to implement the project for five days.
They are all impaired at different levels. The man, he is visually impaired, his wife is one handed, and their son is autistic and blind. The father is the bread wing of the whole family. The income of the family is from his job as a guitarist.
They came to the training as a whole family. Their son is the oldest pupil in the group. Both the father and the mother were learning so hard with their child. They were in time and fully attending the training with gratitude, joy and happiness.
After five days of practice, the boy got some improvement in his skills and perfomance. He was actively present. They wished they had known our service earlier. As his son will turn to 15 this year, he is over the age of the early intervention program. However, with the skills and methods this pair of parents had obtained during the training, I believe they will continue the practice at home. I hope with their strong will, the boy will develop quickly and be able to serve himself in the near future.