Hanoi Independent Living Center (Hanoi ILC) is one of 5 network institutions of AGENDA with research project in 2015. Hanoi ILC is a pilot model which is run by Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to provide assistive services for PWDs. In 2008, Disabled Peoples’ International Asia Pacific (DPI/AP) selected Bright Future (BF) group to implement a project: Establishing the first ILC in Vietnam and putting it in operation funded by Nippon Foundation. With the sustained efforts Hanoi ILC has been recognized by the Government as a good model to provide assistive services to PWD. Hanoi ILC’s activities are: Peer counseling, Program of training on IL (Independent Living) skills, Capacity building for PWDs, Training and provide personal assistants, and Other supports.

Hanoi ILC is supporting AGENDA by conducting research on Awareness of Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Vietnam. The purpose of the research aims to assess current level of public awareness about political participation of persons with disabilities among stakeholders (DPOs, CSOs, election organizer, media, etc.) in Vietnam, against its finding with the ideal situation of public awareness in Vietnam and to provide draft recommendations based on the findings for future advocacy tools to political participation of persons with disabilities. The research gathers data using qualitatively, quantitative and desk based methods.