DRRA, CBM and Prothom Alo jointly organized a Round Table titled "Expansion of Inclusive Health, : Collaboration of Government and Non-Government organizations" on 14th October at the Conference Room of Prothom Alo. A post-editorial was published in this regard on 24th October about the miseries of persons with disabilities during their mobility and a wheel chair can help for easy movement from one place to another. After reading the post editorial some philanthropic persons shown their interest to provide wheel chair for persons with disabilities. Prothom Alo has collected 9 wheel chair from 5 philanthropic persons and institutions and Prothom Alo provided another two total 11 wheel chair and one walker handed over to DRRA. Four recipients were present in the program. On the occasion of wheel chair distribution Prothom Alo organised a small program at its office at CA Bhaban, Karwan Bazar. Prothom Alo Editor, Matiur Rahman, Associate Editor Abdul Qyium, Anisul Haque, DRRA Executive Director Farida Yesmin received the wheel chair on behalf of DRRA. DRRA will distribute to the children and persons with disabilities.

Sumi mother of a recipient mentioned she was taking her child in the school for last two years now after getting this wheel chair it would be easier to bring him in the school.

Executive Director of DRRA, Farida Yesmin said DRRA runs five schools and the children of the school will receive the wheel chairs. She thanked to Prthom Alo for taking this nice initiative. If we work jointly we can do more for the development of children with disabilities, she added.

Matiur Rahman of Prothom Alo we are doing this type of small works and it is possible by the personal initiative. Cooperation of all corners is required for doing any big task. We have to raise awareness on the issue. He expressed his deep gratitute to the mother of the children with disabilities.  

Anisul Haque, Associated Editor said these wheel help the children with disabilities for their easy mobility one place to another.

Abdul Qyium Associate Editor of Prothom Alo moderated the program.

This is a great pleasure to share that this year DRRA received Bangladesh National Social Welfare Award from Bangladesh Government as one of the best organizations working for persons with disabilities. DRRA received this prestigious award from the Ministry of Social Welfare, the Government of Bangladesh for its amazing contribution to change the lives of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh.
On the occasion of the 27th International Disability Day and 20th National Disability Day, 3rd December 2018, the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina handed over the award to the Executive Director of DRRA, Farida Yesmin. It should be noted here that since it’s’ establishment in 1996 DRRA is working to make positive changes in the lives of persons with disabilities through creating an enabling environment and inclusive society. Over the last 22 years, DRRA reached into the lives of more than 1.2 million persons with disabilities, their caregivers directly, through operating programs in 30 districts with 30 implementing partners including NGOs, CBOs and DPOs. In order to get this award, we thank all of our donors, partner organizations, all friend SPOs and well-wishers for staying with us.

DRRA organized an opinion sharing meeting on the progress of the implementation of NDD Trust Act 2013 on 6th October, 2018 at Satkhira Circuit House. Mr. Sushanta Kumar Pramanik, Additional Secretary (Institution and Disability) Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present as Chief Guest. Ms. Farida Yesmin, Executive Director, presided over the meeting. A large number Govt. Officials, NGO Representatives, Civil Society Members, Local Elites and Parents of the Children with disabilities attended the meeting.

Impressed by DRRA activities, particularly, special school for NDD, Mr. Susanto Kumar pramanik ,Honorable Chief Guest said, "To implement Nuro Developmental Disability Welfare Act-13, it is very important to reform the committee and organize meeting regularly at district level and all the respective must aware on this act". He therefore, requested all stakeholders to make an alliance and work for people with disability very closely and at grass root level. 

Mr. Debashis  Sardar  Deputy Director  Department of Social Welfare  says, "Progress of implementation of Nuro Developmental  Disability Welfare Act-13" is very slow due to lack of awareness and because very few staffs of government work on this issue". He then appealed JPUF to take initiatives to raise awareness on this act from Ward to District level.

Mr. Tohidur Rahman Civil Surgeon Satkhira says, "Government is working closely on disability issue. But in implementation of the act we have many limitations. We organized training on how to diagnosis disability and develop some doctor unfortunately they transferred another places".

Thanking DRRA, Mrs. Lipika Mondol Executive Director ONUS expressed, "As an impact of DRRA's work for the person with disability since 1998, I, a person with disability, have been now working with DRRA".  Another person with disability, Md. Mojibur Rahman says, "It is very important to identify and diagnosis of disability, so I would like to request to the authority take initiatives on this issue”.

Executive Director of DRRA said, "To reduce discrimination it is very important to proper implement of Neuro Developmental Disability Welfare Act-13, otherwise we can’t establish a dignified life for disable peoples".

Thanking DRRA for organizing such exclusive timely needed event, District Commissioner and chair of the Meeting says, "We can’t achieve SGD, leaving people with disability behind ". Therefore he requested all to show positive attitude towards them.

To ensure rights of person with disabilities DRRA organized a discussion meeting on 5th October 2018 with Parents who has a child with disabilities, on Nuro Development Disability Act 2013 and its Implementation at DRRA Regional Office, Hadipur. A. F. M. Dr Ruhul Haque, Honorable Member of Parliament. Satkhira-3 joined in the discussion meeting as Chief Guest. Mr. Susanto Kumar Pramanik, Additional Secretary Department Social Welfare   (Institution and Disability) joined as a special Guest.

Parents of Mim who is a children with disabilities, expressed, "Without support of DRRA, my child could walk and move alone. DRRA is the leading organization in the Satkhira district working for person with disabilities. We urge more government support for person with disabilities."

Congratulating Executive Director of DRRA for its notable work for the development of person with disabilities and witnesses of its work, Honorable Chief Guest stated, "I am very happy to because person with disabilities of Satkhira District can depend on DRRA for their development and inclusion. But, we need to work more and for a sustained change, we need to change the attitude." He expressed his eagerness to extend hand for person with disabilities to his level best.

Chair of this Discussion Meeting Honorable Executive Director of DRRA said, "To change the society we need to sit beside all parents of person with disabilities and need proper implementation of different policies and act for the betterment of them. I do believe that the days are not so far when every disable peoples enjoy dignified life." 

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