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IDPP Fellow Joins 'Global Challenge of Youth with Disabilities' Program

IDPP Fellow Ms. Hieu Luu at International Seminar for Disability and Development in KoreaIDPP Fellow Ms. Hieu Luu was selected as one of 10 participants from the Asia Pacific region to attend and present at the International Study Program “Global Challenge of Youth with Disabilities” in July 2015 in South Korea, hosted by the Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities. The program's 11th year was celebrated with two special events: ‘International Seminar for Disability and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region at the Korean National Assembly’ and a ‘Conference of Youth with Disabilities,’ both at which Ms. Luu spoke on her personal story, the current situation of accessibility to public transportation in Vietnam, and recommendations for potential future development of Vietnam and South Korea.

IDPP Fellow Ms. Hieu Luu at Korea Press ClubHer conference speech, The Story of My Life, was well received with over 100 individuals in attendance, and included insight into government policy and initiatives around accessibility to public transportation in Vietnam, as well as cooperation between Vietnam and South Korea in enabling accessibility of public transport for persons with disabilities. The program took place in accordance with Korea’s International Study Program and the theme “Creating the World Together.” The program gathered participants to represent their country as they shared issues of life with a disability and promoted disability-inclusive development cooperation internationally.

Through the seminar, participants shared various issues of life with a disability and development concerns in their home countries with the international community. This empowered the capacity of youth with disabilities as future leaders and contributed to promoting disability-inclusive development cooperation and international exchange, as well as ensuring the role and responsibility of host country Korea.

IDPP Fellow Ms. Hieu Luu with International Study Program participantsMs. Luu is pursuing her Master of Public Policy degree at University of Malaya – International Institute of Public Policy and Management through an IDPP Fellowship.