Sao Mai 15th Anniversary Celebration Program Agenda

Date: Dec 15th, 2016


1. Welcoming and General Overview about Sao Mai Works over the Past 15 Years


Location: HCM NDC School for the Blind

184 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Ward 3, Dist. 10, HCM.

1.1 Welcome remarks

Presenter: Mr. Dang Hoai Phuc/Executive director of Sao Mai Center for the Blind

08:30 - 08:40

1.2 History of Sao Mai Center for the Blind

Presenter: Carlo Pizzato/Sao Mai Advisor

08:40 - 08:50

1.3 of Accomplishments of Sao Mai Center for the Blind to date

Presenter: Lawyer. Pham Viet Thu/Vice President of HCM Save Disabled Children Association, Head of Advisory Board of Sao Mai

08:50 - 09:00

2. Workshops: National Challenges and Policies in Education and Employment for People with Visual Impairments in Vietnam

2.1 Session 1. Inclusive Education

Chairman Mr. Dang Hoai Phuc/SM Executive Director

Topic 1: National policies for people with visual impairment in the inclusive education settings

Presenter: Dr. Pham Minh Muc/Director of Special Education Center, Ministry of Education & Training

09:00 - 09:15

Topic 2: Current situations/challenges in the inclusive education for children with visual impairment and proposed effective solutions

Presenter: MS Ha Thanh Van/Principle of the HCM NDC School for the Blind

09:15 - 09:30

Topic 3: Role of the resource centers for higher education program in Vietnam

Presenter: Sr. Le Thi Van Nga/Director of the Nhat Hong Center for the Blind

09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Tea break

10:00 - 10:30

2.2 Session 2. Employment Challenges and Opportunities

Chairman: Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung/Head of Vocational Dept. of Sao Mai

Topic 1: National policies for employees with disabilities and employers in Vietnam

Presenter: Representative from HCM theDOLISA

10:30 - 10:45

Topic 2: Employment opportunities created by VBA programs

Presenter: Representative from the VBA

10:45 - 11:00

Topic 3: Products and programs created and implemented by Sao Mai to support persons with visual impairments in education and employment

Presenters: Dang Manh Cuong/Head of Tech Team, Nguyen Manh Hung/Head of Vocational Team, Dang Hoai Phuc/Executive director of Sao Mai

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:45

Successful stories in employment

Employer: Vina Cacao Corp.

Businessman: Mr. Tran Viet Linh and Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan

11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Location: canteen of the NDC School for the Blind

Afternoon workshop: 13:30 - 17:20

3. International workshop: Learning from Our Neighbors: Best Practices and Experiences from Partners of the Overbrook-Nippon Network on Educational Technology (ON-NET)

Location: HCM NDC School for the Blind

Chairman: Sr. Le Van Nga and Mr. Dang Hoai Phuc

3.1 Introduction

Presenter: Mr. Dang Hoai Phuc

13:30 - 13:40

3.2 Overview of ON-NET and ICEVI Projects in Vietnam- A Remarkable Journey

Presenter: Mr. Larry Campbell/President Emeritus of ICEVI…

13:40 – 14:10

3.3 Overview of Perkins’ Program In Asia/Pacific

Presenter: Ms. Weningsih/Educational Specialist, Asia/Pacific, Perkins International

14:10 - 14:30

3.4 Best practices in empowering visually impaired people through education and employment from ON-NET Partners

Myanmar: Collaboration with Government, Private School to Access Inclusive Education

Presenter: Ms. Kwai Nan/Executive Director, Myanmar National Association of the Blind

14:30 - 14:55

Indonesia: Self-advocacy & Preparation for Employment

Presenter: Ms. Aria Indrawati/Chairperson of ICEVI East Asia Region/President, Pertuni (The Indonesian Blind Association)

14:55 - 15:20

Cambodia: ROLE OF Employment For Students with visual impairment

Presenter: Ms. Sreypov Sok/Academic and Career Counseling Officer, Krousar Thmey

15:20 – 15:45

Tea break

15:45 - 16:00

Philippines: Employment: Roles of Technology/Soft Skills, Strategies and Successful Stories

Presenter: Mr. Marlo Lucas/Higher Education and Job Placement Coordinator, RBI

16:00 - 16:25

Malaysia: We Make The Change: AirAsia – Now Everyone Can Fly

Presenter: Mr. Silatul Rahim Bin Dahman/CEO & Co-founder, Malaysian Foundation for the Blind

16:25 - 16:50

Thailand: Community Services in Thailand

Presenter: Mr. Winit Moonwicha/Vice Director on Special Affairs, the Christian Foundation f/t Blind in Thailand

16:50 - 17:15

Closing Remarks

17:15 - 17:20

4. Sao Mai 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Location: Oscar Hotel, 68A Nguyen Hue St., Ben Nghe ward., Dist. 1, HCM, Vietnam.

Showing 10-minute video clip about Sao Mai

Enjoying music with visually impaired musicians and singers



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