World to follow Bangladesh on autism issue: Saima

DHAKA, Chairperson of National Advisory Council on Neurodevelopment Disorder and Autism Saima Wazed Hossain today said the world would follow Bangladesh as the country is tremendously working on the issue of the persons with disabilities and autism.

The inclusion of the issue of the persons with disabilities and autism in election

manifesto of Awami League is a very significant matter. Though many countries

do not put emphasis on it, it is an important matter for the mankind. We

have already made a way to bring the differently abled people into the

mainstream of the society. We are working with the challenged people and

their families.And the efforts will be continued in future, said Saima,

also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Saima Wazed, also chairman of Shuchona Foundation, and WHO's Goodwill

Ambassador for Autism in SouthEast Asia region, was addressing a special

discussion for the youths on the election manifesto of Bangladesh Awami


Centre for Research and Information (CRI) and social platform

#IamBangladesh organised the event at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh

auditorium here.

A good number of young people across the country participated in the event and

exchanged their views with renowned academics, economists, politicians and


Atiur Rahman, former governor of Bangladesh Bank; Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal,

academic and writer; Atiqul Islam, former president of BGMEA; State Minister

for Information Tarana Halim, and cricketer Mehedi Hasan Miraz were the panelist

discussants at the programme.

Saima also emphasised on youth engagement in the country's political and

social issues for the wellbeing of the country as the young generation is

the future of the nation.

Our youths should clear their stand regarding politics and social issues.

It is very easy to raise allegations. But they should be involved in the issues

which are significant for the country. They have to eye social media to know

about the difference between reality and rumours, said Saima.

Saima also said the Awami League (AL) government would provide extensive

psychological support and counseling to the youths for their mental well


While talking about the development of education, Shahjalal University of

Science and Technology Professor Zafar Iqbal said AL has given the maximum

importance on education in their manifesto.

Our students especially our girls are doing great. Earlier, we suffered

from fund crunch for PhD students at our university, but now we are getting

sufficient facilities, said Zafar.

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim said the incumbent government

is giving all out supports to female entrepreneurs.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)