Dhaka, Bangladesh
Stand beside autistic, disabled children, Minister

Stand beside autistic, disabled children, Minister

RANGPUR, May 19: State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed, MP, has called upon everybody to stand beside the autistic, disabled and neuro-developmentally disabled children to flourish their inherent talents, reports BSS. "The autistic children and children with special needs could be turned into productive human resources to ensure their participation in the national building process through taking their proper care," he said. The State Minister said this at the brief discussion on 'Autism and other forms of disabilities' organised by Rangpur Pain Paralyses and General Hospital (RPPGH) at its auditorium in the city on Friday night as the chief guest. RPPGH organised the discussion under 'Rehabilitation and Research Institute for the Community of the Autistic and Other Disabled (RICAD)' to create awareness about autism and other forms of disabilities and necessary treatments. Managing Director of RPPGH Dr Tashikul Islam presided over the event participated by representatives of different organisations working for welfare of the autistic and disabled children, physicians, officials of the Departments of Social Services (DSS), social workers and civil society members. Physiotherapy specialist of RPPGH Dr Sonia Akhter, noted social worker and women community leader China Chowdhury and Deputy Director of DSS, Rangpur Abdur Razzaque addressed the function as special guests. The State Minister said the present government had already set up 103 'Protibondhi Seba O Sahajjo Kendra' in the country to provide the disabled population with mobile therapy free of costs for their rehabilitation in the society. "The government has been working to set up at least one 'Protibondhi Seba O Sahajjo Kendra' in every upazila," he said adding that many disabled people were contributing to the national development after getting necessary training and education. "The autistic and physically challenged people are not burden of the society and they could do the same as the able people to contribute to the national advancement if provided with necessary education and training," he added. The State Minister highly lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her internationally reputed daughter Saima Wazed Putul for their relentless efforts to turn the autistic and disabled children into human resources for ensuring their welfare and development.

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