For the First Time in Bangladesh, Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) has organized a two-days online conference, named “Online Summit for Youth with Disabilities” on 10 and 11 of December, 2020, in a hope that youth with disabilities get some opportunities to turn around in the post-COVID situation by ensuring their financial security. Due to recent Corona pandemic, the summit was organized in a different dimension with an emphasis on hygiene, maintaining social distance and to move forward towards digitalization. Netherlands based organization Liliane Fonds, LINC, United Trust, Muslim Aid-UK, Bangladesh and Labib Group worked as co-partners with DRRA to implement the program. Satellite channel, Channel I was the media partner of this online summit. After the successful implementation of the summit, the winners were awarded. Partner organizations of DRRA implemented the award giving ceremony in their premises where local government representatives were present along with the awardees and their family members. The award giving ceremony was supposed to organized at Dhaka, near the head-office of DRRA. But due to corona pandemic it was postponed and organized locally with presence of limited people and maintaining social distance and other restrictions to keep everyone safe amid corona virus.

Purpose of the Event:

The goal of this event was to encourage the initiatives of youths with disabilities and to promote their business locally as well as throughout the country. The target was to show and make people realize that youths with disabilities can turn around and become financially independent if supported by all of us.

Discussion Point:

Total 20 young entrepreneurs with disabilities were awarded who registered and participated in the Online Summit for Youths with Disabilities, 2020. Among 157 youths with disabilities, top 20 were selected by externals and later awarded, so that the selection procedure remains fair, transparent and gives equal opportunity to every participant. Youths with different types of disabilities have won this prize which gives us hope that no disability can be a barrier towards the path of success if tries their best to overcome the disability.

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