Bangladesh has been working tirelessly for the past eight years to ensure the rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities, including those affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, thus made the country a role model for Autism Awareness in the world, says a Bangladesh envoy.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said this at an event held at the UN Headquarters on Friday, ahead of UN World Autism Awareness Day.
The event titled “Populations in Movement: Addressing the Opportunities and Challenges to Ensure Care and Services to Migrants with Autism and Developmental Disabilities,” was co-hosted by embassies of Bangladesh, Qatar and co-sponsored by the embassies of China, India and Turkey, reports UNB.
Masud said: "Bangladesh is among the few countries in our region that has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“Bangladesh has also included autism, neurodevelopment disorders and disabilities related issues with the National 7th Five Year Plan for 2016-2021.”
He also praised the role of Saima Wazed, who has been named WHO Champion for Autism in South-East Asia.
"She is an inspirational figure for many with her relentless and innovative work for the wellbeing of the people with autism. Her efforts in adopting Dhaka Declaration and formation of the South Asian Autism Network (Saan) brought autism to the forefront in our region and beyond."
He further said: "Bangladesh also took lead in the adoption of the first UN General Assembly Resolution 67/82 on ‘Addressing the Socioeconomic Needs of Individuals, Families and Societies living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities’ on 12 December 2012."
The ambassador informed that Bangladesh, in collaboration with Bhutan and WHO, is arranging an International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders from 19-21 April, 2017 in Thimpu, Bhutan.