RMIT Vietnam NewsDisability no barrier for IT workers

Disability no barrier for IT workers

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:27
Head of RMIT Vietnam’s Centre of Technology, Professor Alex Stojcevsky, presents IT student Nguyen Ngoc Tinh with a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement at a recent university alumni event.
RMIT Vietnam alumnus Nguyen Ngoc Tinh chats with enablecode staff, Luan Minh Nguyen and Nguyen Minh Hao.
RMIT Vietnam Senior Manager of Alumni Relations Felicity Brown (right) with enablecode staff members.

RMIT Vietnam student Nguyen Ngoc Tinh accepted a certificate of Outstanding Achievement at a recent function put on by RMIT Vietnam and attended by university alumni and staff from enablecode, an IT company that employs disabled people.

Currently working as a software developer for IT outsourcing service provider Harvey Nash Vietnam, Tinh will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Information Technology degree.

According to Professor Alex Stojcevski, Head, RMIT Vietnam Centre of Technology, Tinh recorded an excellent GPA score and thoroughly deserved the award.

Looking on were several IT staff from enablecode, all of whom work in IT.

enablecode was established by Ho Chi Minh City entrepreneur Colin Blackwell, who began it after seeing the high capabilities of IT graduates with disabilities when he employed them in a freelance capacity.

“I decided to set up enablecode when I saw the quality of work done by these people,” he said.

“It’s more difficult for people with disabilities to get work whatever their skills; all the enablecode IT workers but one are graduates in their field and their work is excellent.

“This way they can do IT work outsourced by other companies.”

Also at the RMIT Vietnam function was the University’s Disability Resource Centre Coordinator Carol Witney who spoke about services offered by the centre, and author Paul Bappoo who spoke about the concept of personal branding.

A highlight of the evening was when enablecode IT worker Nguyen Minh Hao told the audience about his life journey as a Vietnamese person with a disability, including the education hurdles he’d faced.

Hao said his was a rare case of a disabled child in his town to actually go to school – and eventually graduate from university.