Dhaka, Bangladesh
Handling autism

Handling autism

Children with Autism have clearly been among the most marginalised in Bangladesh when it comes to their education, health and social care and life opportunities. Lack of resources for children with disabilities such as qualified and trained teachers, appropriate infrastructure, teaching materials and assistive technology as well as stigma associated with disability are daunting barriers to special education and health care for special need children. Education for children with disability like Autistic Spectrum Disorder(ASD) is viewed as charity rather than as a right. Protection of Human Right is to ensure right to education as well as to ensure the equal right and opportunity for the people with disability. Human rights would be meaningless if they were not assigned a place within the social order in which they are to be exercised. The children with autism are always becoming the victim of discrimination and disparity. In Bangladesh, though Government has taken many initiatives to ensure the easy access to education but very unexpectedly autistic children are completely out of those consideration and privileges. Most of the Government Primary schools directly refuse to accommodate the autistic children in their institutions. Though, there are a number of organisations in Bangladesh working with various fields of disability, there is hardly any quality institution developed exclusively for the autistic children. The problem is further aggravated with the unavailability of centres to train trainers or teachers to work with autistic children. In addition. the available institutions in Bangladesh relating to autistic children are not effective. The World Report of World Health Organisation has put Bangladesh in the category of countries having ' an absent or dysfunctional health-care infrastructure'. Bangladesh spends only US $ 16 per capita for health annually, a part of which again comes from development partner. The country's tax base is small, only 9 per cent of GDP.

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