Myanmar vice president calls for creating disabled-accessible society

Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for the creation of a disabled-accessible society at a ceremony marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday.

“Everyone needs to join hands to reduce inequalities and create a society which provides physical accessibility and assistive technology for persons with disabilities,” said the vice president, also chairman of the National Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The vice president pledged that the implementation of disabled-friendly infrastructure will be done under the management of the respective ministries.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on Dec. 3 since 1992.

According to the 2014 Myanmar census, 4.6 percent of the country’s population of some 50.3 million are living with disabilities.