Dr Shore’s lecture on autism at Bangabandhu Museum tomorrow

With a goal for injecting a sense of confidence among the parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum, an event will be held at Bangabandhu Museum where world famous autism expert Dr. Stephen Shore will deliver a lecture tomorrow.

Shuchona Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy, research and capacity-building organization, will be organizing the event in two segments with participation of autistic children and their parents and they will be provided with motivational speeches, according to a press release.

During the second session from 2:30 pm to 5 pm, different stakeholders related to providing education for those lives, will get the opportunity to listen to the lectures from Dr Shore, a renowned self-advocate for autism, the release added.

This event tilted "Preparing for a successful life with autism", is designed to assist representatives from different sectors to view persons with Neurodevelopmental Disorder (NDD) from the perspective of someone who overcame the challenges presented by his disorder and was able to fulfill his potential and make a very successful life for him.

Despite being diagnosed with autism and was nonverbal until the age of four, Dr. Shore went on to complete his doctoral degree from Boston University and has since been working as the Assistant Professor of Special Education at the Adelphi University.

Shuchona Foundation is the culmination of Saima Wazed Hossain's efforts to coordinate and mainstream policies and programs for mental health, Autism and other NDDs, starting with her launch of the Global Autism Public Health Initiative in 2011 (in partnership with Autism Speaks and WHO) and Global Autism Bangladesh in 2012.

As a result of Saima Hossain's relentless advocacy, the passage of the "Neurodevelopmental Disability Protection Trust Act-2013" and the adoption of WHO Resolutions No. SEA/RC65/R8 & WHA 67.8 was ensured. This has been instrumental in generating the need for developing appropriate services and support for persons with mental health, Autism and other NDDs into the national policy framework of Bangladesh and in the UN development agenda.

Shuchona's primary goal is work to provide a new beginning for persons with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders so that they no longer feel excluded from a society's economic, political and cultural progress, as a consequence of their disorders or due to discrimination from their peers in society. The aim is to develop innovative, high-impact and low-cost sustainable programs which can be implemented within the existing national infrastructure through effective public and private partnerships.

Shuchona envisions a community that provides the kind of universal support system and environment where a person with any disability can live a productive and meaningful life as included-not just integrated-members of the society.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)