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Speakers for raising voices to establish rights of people with disabilities

Speakers at a roundtable today said all levels of people should extend their cooperation to make the person with differently able human resources for ensuring their dignified life in society.

The people with disabilities should raise their voices to change mindset of society so that they can get equal opportunity like normal people, they told the seminar titled "SDG Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all" at the board room of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) here.

Secretary General of Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Republic of Seychelles in Bangladesh Md. Amiruzzaman, Director Administration of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) Barrister Rizwana Yusuf, among others, addressed the seminar with Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri, former member, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from Bangladesh in the chair.

The roundtable was attended by visually impaired practitioners, human rights activists, autism consultant, childhood development specialist, IT specialist, journalist and visually impaired students of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW). Till date, over 350 visually impaired persons have received training from the Institute.

To express its solidarity with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) organized the roundtable to examine the legal rights of persons with disability and the initiatives towards promoting a more inclusive society.

While expressing their experiences, students of different disabilities said they were getting harsh behavior from society when they sought cooperation from different levels of people.

The speakers urged the government to formulate a legal framework for the persons with disabilities aiming to establish their rights in all spheres of society.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities and National Disabled Day-2016 was observed today(Saturday) in the country as elsewhere in the world aiming to create mass awareness to extend supports and provide adequate facilities for the people with differently able.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 10 per cent of the global population or 650 million people across the world live with a disability of any sort.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)