World to follow Bangladesh on autism issue: Saima

DHAKA, Dec 26, 2018 (BSS) – Chairperson of National Advisory Council on
Neurodevelopment Disorder and Autism Saima Wazed Hossain today said the world
would follow Bangladesh as the country is tremendously working on the issue
of the persons with disabilities and autism.

“The inclusion of the issue of the persons with disabilities and autism in election
manifesto of Awami League is a very significant matter. Though many countries
do not put emphasis on it, it is an important matter for the mankind. We
have already made a way to bring the differently abled people into the
mainstream of the society. We are working with the challenged people and
their families….And the efforts will be continued in future, said Saima,
also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Saima Wazed, also chairman of Shuchona Foundation, and WHO’s Goodwill
Ambassador for Autism in South-East Asia region, was addressing a special
discussion for the youths on the election manifesto of Bangladesh Awami
League.

Centre for Research and Information (CRI) and social platform
#IamBangladesh organised the event at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh
auditorium here.

A good number of young people across the country participated in the event and
exchanged their views with renowned academics, economists, politicians and
intellectuals.

Atiur Rahman, former governor of Bangladesh Bank; Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal,
academic and writer; Atiqul Islam, former president of BGMEA; State Minister
for Information Tarana Halim, and cricketer Mehedi Hasan Miraz were the panelist
discussants at the programme.

Saima also emphasised on youth engagement in the country’s political and
social issues for the well-being of the country as the young generation is
the future of the nation.

“Our youths should clear their stand regarding politics and social issues.
It is very easy to raise allegations. But they should be involved in the issues
which are significant for the country. They have to eye social media to know
about the difference between reality and rumours,” said Saima.

Saima also said the Awami League (AL) government would provide extensive
psychological support and counseling to the youths for their mental well-
being.

While talking about the development of education, Shahjalal University of
Science and Technology Professor Zafar Iqbal said AL has given the maximum
importance on education in their manifesto.

“Our students especially our girls are doing great. Earlier, we suffered
from fund crunch for PhD students at our university, but now we are getting
sufficient facilities,” said Zafar.

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim said the incumbent government
is giving all out supports to female entrepreneurs.