The Dien Ban Day Centre

Hoi An

The Kianh Foundation in Hoi An has realized the dream of providing a purpose-built day centre that is providing education, physiotherapy & speech therapy for children. The Dien Ban District was selected as the site because it was a major catchment area for children being surrendered to the Hoi An Orphanage.  Dien Ban is just 15 minutes away from Hoi An, but is a world away from this charming and increasingly prosperous tourist destination.


This brand new building is very well appointed and has a superbly trained staff to serve the needs of all of the children.


They need the following:

  • Staff training in working with children on the autism spectrum;
  • Speech therapy for the children;
  • Transition skills for community-based learning;
  • Sponsorship of a child;
  • School supplies.

(More photos here.)

Jackie Wafter, CEO

Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children

The Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy 


The vision is to build a society where each member recognizes that everybody, regardless of his or her disability has the potential to learn and to participate in social life.  Therefore, our society can develop “flexible” school models which allow everybody to participate and learn according to his or her abilities.

The Early Intervention Centre serves children with autism.  A cooperative program with the Duc Son Care Orphanage has also been established.


They are in need of:

  • Teacher training;
  • School supplies.

(More photos here.)

The Office of Genetic Counselling and Disabled Children (OGCDC) under the roof of the Hue Medical College has been setting up projects for children with disabilities since 1999.  The project of Early Intervention (EI) in Hue city, the Central of Vietnam emphasizes on creating a professional environment for supporting families with children with disabilities as well as teacher training  and colleague support.

Dr. Nhan, CEO, and his staff


    Adaptive Playground

Hochiminh City University of Education, Faculty of Special Education

Ho Chi Minh City

The Faculty of Education was established in 2003.  The primary mission is to train and develop a high quality human resource for special education.  The faculty also works as a research center.  To date, 261 students have been trained to teach and work in the field of special education. They have also trained 366 teachers who came back to school for standard training in special education via in-service training methods.


They are in need of:

  • Teacher training;
  • Asessment tools to assess children;
  • Workshops for methods and techniques;
  •  School supplies.

Santa Maria Clinic

Ho Chi Minh City

Dr. Phan Thieu Xuan Giang is a mental health expert in Ho Chi Minh City and the CEO of the Santa Maria Clinic.  He has remarked that disabled children need to be identified early for treatment and that these children need educational investment much more than normal children. At the Santa Maria Clinic these issues are being addressed but with limited resources.


They need the following:

  • Training skills and techniques to perform assessment tests;
  • Actual assessment tests such as: ADOS;
  • Various assessment and screening tools to identify autism;
  • ADHD assessment tools;
  • Methods to teach social skills;
  • DSM-V.

Dr. Giang, right, with IASE volunteers, students and staff

IASE VSP volunteer Craig Goldsberry  expressed his feelings: "My trip to Vietnam was wonderful. All travel worked out well. It was an extraordinary month in Vietnam with extraordinary people doing extraordinary things."  The people were warm and welcoming. Xin  chao, xin chao, xin chao very much!!!"  While in  Ho Chi Minh City he was able to visit the Santa Maria Clinic and  HCMC University of Pedagogy, in Hoi An the Dien Ban Day Centre and also the OGCDC Projects of Dr. Nhan in Hue.

Featured in this photos: VSP volunteer Craig Goldsberry  with psychologists being trained by Dr. Giang

The Perspective of an IASE Vietnam Volunteer
By Hazel Delfina Chang 

Published in the May 2014 issue of Annuntiatus

My name is Hazel from Hong Kong. This is my first volunteer service project with IASE. The one word that I would use to describe this trip is "Fulfillment". The volunteer service project means “fulfillment” in many different ways.

Fulfillment means being with like-minded people

Our IASE VSP group consisted of Marg Csapo, Mary Gale Budzisz, Iris and myself. Though we come from diverse background and variation in experience in the area of special education...  (Click here to read the entire article) 

Children making lunch in a rural school in Hue

Vietnam Volunteer Experience
by Brenda Lazarus 

Published in the February issue of Annuntiatus

A fortuitous meeting with three Vietnamese colleagues at the Biennial Conference of IASE in Vancouver, British Columbia, in July 2014 led to a volunteer experience at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy. The invitation was to work with faculty on an understanding of specific learning disabilities (LD).   I flew to Ho Chi Minh City and conducted workshops in January 2014 for faculty of special education... 

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