Physically challenged people will soon have some special complexes and resource centres so they can get necessary supports for integrating into normal activities of daily life.
Social Welfare ministry has taken an initiative to establish complexes that will provide various services including daycare center and special school for challenged children, BSS reports.
According to Social Welfare Secretary M Zillar Rahman, a 15-storey Jatiya Protibondhi Complex is now under construction in the city's Mirpur area, which would provide a wide-range of support to the physically challenged people for their proper rehabilitation, with empowering self-esteem.
The complex will have dormitory, auditorium, outpatient department (OPD), physiotherapy center, shelter home, daycare center and special school for autistic and children requiring special attention.
Construction of an international standard sports complex in Savar is also going on. The complex will have rehabilitation center, football and cricket fields, recreation zone, swimming pool, multipurpose gymnasium, mosque, staff residence, guest-house and hostel for physically challenged people.
"We also have a plan for establishing resource centre for the physically challenged people at each divisional headquarters," Rahman said.
He said more jobs for the people with disability would also be created through various initiatives along with expanding their quota in different public services.
Besides, he said some major initiatives have also been taken to help disabled people get a better life.These include providing special citizen card, introducing special allowance, giving stipend, establishing service centers, launching microcredit programme and setting up six vocational training centers in six divisions.
The government has allocated Taka 1,017 crore in the budget for 2017-18 fiscal year for funding different projects, programmes and initiatives for the welfare of physically challenged people. The allocation is 31.0 percent higher than the allocation of the immediate past fiscal year.
According to social welfare ministry, there are 15.24 lakh physically challenged people in the country. The people are now getting various supports from the government and the Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation.
The services include mobile therapy from 32 mobile vans; and therapeutic, counseling and technical support from 103 disabled services and help centers of Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation.