The academy will bring autistic children into the country's mainstream education system
The government has taken an initiative to build an academy for autism at a cost of Tk422.34 crore, to include autistic children in the country's mainstream education system, reports BSS.
"The specialised academy will be built under the National Academy for Autism and Neuro-Developmental Disabilities, to bring autistic children under the mainstream education system of Bangladesh," said a source of the planning ministry.
The secondary and higher secondary education department will implement the project, which is expected to be completed by December 31, 2023, said Project Director Professor Dr Mohammad Didarul Alam.
Dr Didarul said: "The academy will have an administrative academic building, an academic auditorium, gymnasium and swimming pool, staff quarters, and two hostels for boys and girls, having accommodation facilities for 100 children each."
"Initially, the academy will start its activities in a hired building in the capital within the next two-months, which has already been authorized by the public works ministry."
For their self-employment, the academy will provide scholarships, various trainings, residential facilities as well as ICT facilities to children having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Neuro-developmental Disabilities (NDD), he added.
"As part of the program, 400 master trainers have been developed as ‘Training of Trainers (TOT)’ for the academy."
Dr Didarul said the government has selected eight educational institutions in eight divisions under a pilot project for implementation of the initiatives of Saima Wazed Hossain Putul, chairperson of Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neuro-Developmental Disorders, who took steps to bring the autistic children into the mainstream education system.
Currently, 40 educational institutions have been brought under this program, he added.