State Minister for Social Welfare Prof Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru on Thursday said that concerted efforts of all concerned are required to ensure access to facilities for persons with disabilities aiming to build an inclusive society.
Inclusiveness is giving equal access to everyone and changing the perception of society, he said, adding that there is a need to work together to ensure inclusiveness and access to facilities and services for persons with disabilities.
The state minister came up with the observation while speaking at a discussion meeting, hosted by BRAC at a hotel in Dhaka, on learning from a project and recommended policy changes to create decent employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Sightsavers Bangladesh’s Country Director Amrita Rejina Rozario, Executive Chairman (Secretary) of National Skills Development Authority Nasrin Afrose and Director (Education, Skills Development and Immigration) of BRAC Safi Rahman also spoke at the meeting among others.
BRAC’s Senior Director KAM Morshed said 10 per cent of the population, a startling amount, has a disability and makes up one of the most vulnerable groups because they receive little to no help.
In light of this, BRAC organised a National Policy Dialogue to discuss project learning to create decent employment opportunities for those with disabilities, he added.
BRAC skills development programme together with partners ADD International, the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and Light for the World launched a training programme titled “Disability Inclusive Vocational Training and Youth Employment” in 2020.