Update April 4, 2017

Dhaka 8-25 am, 19-January, 2021

Saima for taking special intervention to flourish hidden talent of autistic children

Mirajul Moin Joy

4 April 2017, Nirapad News: Saima Wazed Hossain, Chairperson of Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, today said children with autism need special intervention and caring to unlock their hidden talent for making valuable contribution to the society.

“Autism is very complex disorder of children….. So they should be treated differently with very special facilities to grow up better,” she told the launching ceremony of an art book at the 136th Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury addressed the function as the chief guest while IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury addressed it as the special guest. Parliamentarians and delegates of different countries including, members of Shuchona Foundation and campaigners for autism, among others, were present at the function.

Narrating her advocacy for launching autism campaign to extend support to those families having autistic children and other forms of disabilities, Saima said, “I was encouraged to work on autism when I saw haplessness and immense suffering of parents and family members of autistic children in my country.”

“I talked to children with autism and their parents. Most of parents of autistic children do not know how to deal with these special children. There was stigma regarding autism in the society, which was increasing vulnerability of these children,” she added.

Saima said, “I started to understand autism. I realised these special kind of children are possessing hidden talent. So, we need to take special intervention for flourishing their hidden talent.”

She said global awareness and enhanced understanding of autism had resulted in increased diagnosis, demand for treatment and development of innovative approaches.

She said the complexity of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) pose a significant challenge when trying to balance the development of medical services while creating socioeconomic opportunities for an individual’s unique skills.

The primary task of mitigating the tremendous emotional, social and financial ordeal for families remains a persistent challenge, she added.

Dr Shirin said, “Children with autism need special attention, special care and special opportunities for ensuring their dignified life in society.”

She urged parliamentarians of the world to raise their voice to promote awareness campaign for children with autism.

“Parliamentarians could play an important role in promoting awareness campaign, which will ultimately help the efforts of dealing with these special children,” Dr Shirin added.

Saber Hossain said, “One percent people in the world is suffering from autism. We have to take special programme for these special children to ensure their normal life in the society.”

“The 136th assembly of IPU is a very vibrant gathering of parliamentarians. As many as 1,345 delegates of 131 IPU countries are attending it. So, IPU could be a very effective platform to support to these special children with autism,” he added.

Saima Wazed Hossain, an impactful advocate for the differently able, showcased a powerful art collection done by unique young artists in unique glimpses.

Undeniably the attraction of the art book titled “Unique Glimpses” is collection of more than 250 vibrant paintings from the differently able young artists from all over Bangladesh. Saima Wazed Hossain edited and complied the art book.

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