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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nguyen Tran Thuy Tien

Nguyen Tran Thuy Tien is a deaf leader from Vietnam. She was the first Vietnamese deaf awarded the World Deaf Leadership Scholarship and graduated with a Master in Sign Language Education at Gallaudet University, USA. Upon her return, she founded Psycho-Education and Applied Research Center for the Deaf (PARD). That is the first deaf-led non-profit organization in Vietnam. Her works focus on a wide range of aspects that impact deaf people’s lives include education, sign language development, deaf empowerment, advocacy, information accessibility, employment opportunities. She is enthusiastic and passionate about developing the deaf community. Her spirit is Nothing about Deaf without Deaf which means the importance of understanding and letting deaf people decide on what impacts their lives.

“Generosity is what comes from your heart to share with the community unconditionally.”

- Nguyen Tran Thuy Tien, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Psycho-Education and Applied Research Center for the Deaf (PARD)

PARD Vietnam is the first deaf-led non-profit organization in Vietnam. Our vision is an inclusive society where deaf people have full access to sign language and equal participation in all social activities. We are working on different projects and activities to achieve our vision and missions:

  • Empower and build capacity for deaf people.
  • Raise awareness and develop sign language
  • Support and advocate for the human rights of deaf people.
  • Provide information accessibility for deaf people through programs such as Sign Language News, and the SignShow
  • Build a strong network of deaf clubs around Vietnam.
  • Collaborate with local and international organizations to work on the movement of deaf people and people with disabilities.

At PARD, deaf people from diverse backgrounds include rural areas, ethnic groups, education level, age, gender, sign language proficiency are welcomed to raise their voices and actively participate in the decision-making process.