'Down syndrome is neither a disability nor a disease. It’s a genetic difference. We have to ensure the basic needs of down syndrome children like other kids of the society'
The Communication Disorders department of Dhaka University (DU) observed World Down Syndrome Day at the university on Thursday.
Marking the day, DU Communication Disorders department, Down Syndrome Society of Bangladesh and Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital jointly organized a program with the slogan 'Walk Together,' at TSC auditorium for the sixth time in Bangladesh.
Chairman of Communication Disorders department Prof Dr Hakim Arif, presided over the program while DU vice-chancellor (VC) Prof M Akhtaruzzaman addressed the session as chief guest.
DU VC said: "Persons having down syndrome are part of our society, they should not be neglected but should be connected with our main-stream."
"They also need education, opportunity to jobs, friendship and love. These needs are like ordinary people. They don't need extra facilities, only extra care," he added.
He appreciated celebrating World Down Syndrome Day to build up a humanitarian society.
Dr Hakim said: "Down syndrome is neither a disability nor a disease. It’s a genetic difference. We have to ensure the basic needs of down syndrome children like other kids of the society."
Down Syndrome Society Chairman Sarder A Razzaque emphasized on organising training programs for kids with Down syndrome.
A colorful procession was brought out from TSC which marched the main streets of the campus.
DU Social Science faculty dean Prof Sadeka Halim, Arts faculty dean Prof Abu Md. Delwar, Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital Chairman Prof Dr. Sarder A Nayeem were present, among others.
A colorful cultural event was also arranged on the occasion where children with Down syndrome played a poetic-drama titled "Shikkhagurur Marjada." A free medical camp and ramp show were also held.