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A step towards greater inclusion

  • Published at 12:07 am December 7th, 2019
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Create a country where people, no matter their disability, are empowered

When it comes to people with disabilities, Bangladesh does not have the best track record. 

In fact, more often than not, people with disabilities find themselves at a severe disadvantage due to several issues, such as the general social stigma attached to them or the lack of infrastructure present in Bangladeshi which caters to their needs. 

However, that is not to say the authorities have not done their due diligence in terms of improving conditions for persons with disabilities, with around 103 support and service centres set up around the country. 

Furthermore, it is encouraging to note that, as the prime minister has said, the government will continue to improve on this number, with an aim to set up such support centres in every upazila of the nation.

This will no doubt go a long way towards easing the difficulties of people with special needs, while at the same time increase disability acceptance in general. 

As the PM has rightfully noted, people with disabilities are provided with special training, which paves the way for their independence in their society, and Bangladesh would do well to do the same.

At the end of the day, this is the primary goal: To create a country where people, no matter their disability, are empowered enough so that they may overcome any obstacle in their path, and to change the national mindset and remove any stigma associated with disabilities.

There is no reason for anyone to feel left out, or have their potential wasted -- by making the nation more disability-friendly, we do the right thing not only ethically, but we also strengthen our economy.