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  • Published at 12:00 am January 13th, 2020
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It is unacceptable for us to continue ignoring persons with disabilities

In Bangladesh, there are an estimated 20 million people living with disabilities. Due to the social stigma associated with their conditions, they are often left marginalized, with little to no scope of attaining employment.

This is, unfortunately, what it means to be a person with disability (PWD) in our country.

However, certain recent initiatives are now hoping to change the situation. One of these initiatives being a job fair specifically for PWDs, organized by the Bangladesh Computer Council, under the guidance of the Information and Communication Technology Division.

It is nothing short of regrettable that, as a society, Bangladesh still holds grossly outdated, bordering on retrograde views on what it means for a person to have disabilities -- who are often thought to be inferior to others.

However, it is equally true that our nation is woefully inadequate when it comes to providing the basic infrastructure needed by PWDs for their everyday needs.

All of this needs to change.

As a nation that is steadily climbing the ladder to economic progress, it is unacceptable for us to continue ignoring PWDs, and indeed will be an issue we cannot afford to ignore going forward as an economy.

By taking care of PWDs, our economy stands to gain a significant boost. In providing them with the necessary infrastructure and scope for employment, such as the job fair, we stand to transform Bangladesh into a society where the input of each and every member matters.

Not just in terms of the economy, but as a community.