Mainstreaming of ASD population to attain SDGs stressed

RANGPUR, Mainstreaming of autism spectrum disorder

(ASD) population through exploring their full potential has become imperative

to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 leaving none


The observations came at a post-rally discussion arranged today at Police

Lines School and College auditorium here in observance of the 12th World

Autism Awareness Day-2019 with the theme of 'Assistive Technologies. Active


The district administration and Department of Social Services (DSS) in

association with different nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) chalked out

programmes to observe the day.

Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib attended the discussion as the chief

guest with Divisional Director of the DSS Abu Saleh Md Musa Jongi in the


Acting President of district Awami League (AL) Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, its

Office Secretary Tauhidur Rahman Tutul, Additional Police Super Maruf

Hossain, Deputy Director of DSS Abdul Matin and Vice-president of District

Samaj Kallyan Parisahd China Chowdhury addressed as special guests.

Abdul Matin discussed present situation on autism in the country and

various pragmatic steps taken by the present government to ensure development

and welfare of autistic children and ASD population to turn them into able


The speakers said access to technology is crucial for improving lives of

the people living with any form of disability like autism, ensuring their

basic human rights and eliminating obstructions they face in living as an

integral part of the mainstream society.

China Chowdhury said, Assistive technologies can help persons with

disabilities to participate in various sectors of social life and exercise

their rights as their participation is a must for attaining the United

Nation's 2030 Agenda for SDGs.

Mamtaz Uddin stressed on promoting education, equity and inclusion of the

autistic population with the help of modern technologies like internet and

digital communities to enable them living a meaningful life with complete

social and political participation.

The chief guest said the autistic and neuro-developmentally disabled

populations are integral parts of the society.

The present government is working to ensure constitutional rights of ASD

population like others and is implementing various programmes to provide them

with all privileges they deserve on way to attain the SDGs, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)