Health Desk—3rd April, 2017: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of all walks of life and professions to extend their helping hand toward the children with disabilities to flourish their latent talents. She assured that her government would do everything for the welfare of the children with disabilities.
The premier said these while inaugurating the 10th World Autism Awareness Day in the capital's Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
She also urged the educational institutions to discard a general reservation against the children with disabilities, saying one's disability must not be a reason to keep him or her from education.
General educational institutions don't want to enroll the children with disabilities which should be removed, she added.
The Ministry of Social Welfare arranged the programme. The day was observed in the country and elsewhere with the theme "Toward autonomy and self-determination".
She also made a fervent appeal to private organisations and entrepreneurs to appoint the persons with all types of disabilities including autism in their respective organisations to ensure their development and dignity.
The premier requested both public and private organisations to set up information centres including development of disabled person-friendly software, audio video education tools, infrastructure and technology. In this regard, she mentioned that the persons with autism are capable of working with equal efficiency like others in computer and internet by using software.
Hasina said the children with disabilities can be turned into a valuable asset if they are given special care by keeping in mind the needs of these tender-hearted children. The children and persons with autism are an integral part of our family and society and the number of children with autism is increasing, she added.
The premier in her speech said that after assuming office in 2009, her government took massive programmes for creating awareness about autism and the welfare of the persons with autism.