ICT can empower people with neurodevelopment disorders: Speakers

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RAJSHAHI, June 20, 2019 (BSS)- Speakers at a seminar said that the
physically and mentally challenged people especially the individuals with
neurodevelopment disorders (NDD) can be mainstreamed and empowered using the
Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

All government and non-government entities concerned should come forward
and work together to ensure fundamental rights of the persons with special
needs through using the modern technologies.

The views were expressed at a daylong seminar titled “Empowerment of
Persons with Disabilities Including NDD through ICT” here organized by
Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) today.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman addressed the seminar as
chief guest while Professor Sadequl Islam from Department of Social Work in
Rajshahi University spoke as focal person. Chaired by BCC Regional Director
Monirul Islam, the seminar was addressed, among others, by Deputy Director of
Department of Social Services Rashedul Kabir and Additional Superintendent of
Police Ifte Khayer Alam.

Nur-Ur-Rahman said people with neurodevelopment disabilities deserve the
service and support to help them pursue normal and happy lives.

The present government has been working relentlessly for ensuring rights
of persons with disabilities including NDD like autism and their access to
socio-economic activities like education and employment. A total of fourteen
ministries of the government are coordinating the issue of ensuring rights of
persons with disabilities, he added.

Besides, education programmes for the disadvantaged group, parental
meetings, training for doctors, field-level health and social workers are
being implemented in a coordinated way.

Rahman thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her daughter Saima Wazed
Putul for taking various steps in establishing rights of the autistic
children and disabled people to ensure their education, treatment and other
requisite facilities.

Monirul Islam told the seminar that a ‘national E-learning platform’ will
be established for the physically challenged people so that they can be
imparted training on vocal and sign language. Besides, ICT Resource Center
will be installed in all seven BCC regional offices for extending support for
training and employment to the persons with disabilities.

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