ICT can empower people with neurodevelopment disorders: Speakers

RAJSHAHI, 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 nongovernment 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 NurUrRahman 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.

NurUrRahman 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

socioeconomic 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, fieldlevel 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 Elearning 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.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)