Fighting ignorance: SEN in Bangladesh

The Constitution of Bangladesh (Article 28) says that the state shall not discriminate against any citizen on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth and that no person shall be subjected to any disability, liability, restriction or conditions with regard to access to any place of public entertainment or resort or admission to any educational institution. Despite this constitutional protection, the nearly one million people with disabilities in Bangladesh are suffering from limited employment and educational opportunities, social discrimination and stigma. Bangladesh’s situation is compounded by inadequate ?nancial support, insuf?cient services, a limited number of trained professionals, and fragmented policies and procedures. Without a comprehensive government-monitored program to address these issues, those with disabilities and special needs cannot hope to become active participating members of society.


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