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12:00 AM, March 01, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 01, 2008

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'Disabled-friendly technology needed to mainstream them'

Finance Adviser Dr M M Azizul Islam yesterday said disabled-friendly technology would have to be introduced to incorporate people with disabilities into the mainstream of development.
"Disabled-friendly technology is essential for people with disabilities. Such technology has to be made available at an affordable price for effective participation of people with disabilities," he said at a conference on people with disabilities in the city.
The adviser said the caretaker government has taken a national policy and a national action plan for people with disabilities.
"This is for the first time that people with disabilities have been mentioned as special target area in the national budget for 2007-08 fiscal. We have allocated Tk 530 million for incorporating disabled people into mainstream of the development," he pointed out while addressing as chief guest at the concluding session of the third general assembly and conference of Asia and Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) at Bangladesh- China Friendship Conference Centre.
The three-day conference was organised jointly by National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) and APDF in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Welfare.
The theme of the conference was 'Disability and Development: Practical Strategies'.
Social Welfare Secretary MA Hye Howlader said ignoring huge number of people with disability, the country cannot attain its desired development.
M Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, chairperson of the conference organising committee, moderated the closing session which was also addressed by World Bank Acting Country Director Mohammad Alhousseyni Tour, Department of Social Services Director General Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation Managing Director Dr Khandaker Shoukat Hossain and NFOWD President Khandaker Zahurul Alam.
The conference was attended by 456 participants including 150 from 26 countries. Of the total participants, 114 were people with disabilities.
A total of 44 papers were presented during three plenary and 12 concurrent sessions.
The inaugural session of the conference was graced by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed.
Meanwhile, Chittagong Catholic Health Service Commission in association with Caritas and World Vision organised a daylong seminar at Pen Placid High School in the port city where Father Philip D Rozario said people with disability could take active part in society if they get proper education and training.
The seminar was attended by people with disabilities from Rangamati, Noakhali and other parts of Chittagong.
Convener of Chittagong Catholic Health Service Commission Father Henry Riberu and Caritas Chittagong Regional Director James Gomes also spoke at the seminar.
Later, the children with disabilities performed a cultural function and brought out a peace procession.

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