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People with vision disabilities in Bangladesh urge to make technologies more inclusive

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People with vision disabilities called for making information and communication technology (ICT) suitable for their use to ensure economic empowerment and other benefits in Bangladesh.

They said disability is a big problem in Bangladesh, where 8% to 10% of the population with some form of disability. Most of those people are economically backward. ICT can play an important role in their economic empowerment, they observed, reports The Business Standard.

Their observations came at a discussion programme titled ‘Transformative Solution for Inclusive Development: The Role of Innovation in Fueling an Accessible and Equitable World’ on Tuesday at Rupnagar of Mirpur in the capital.

Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organisation (Berdo) organised the event at its office, marking the 31st ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 24th National Disability Day’.

NM Zeaul Alam, senior secretary of the ICT division, attended the programme as the chief guest, while Md Akhtaruzzaman, joint secretary of the same division, attended as a special guest.

In his keynote paper, Russel Hasan, who is blind and a member of the general council of Berdo, highlighted various steps taken in different parts of the world regarding the use of ICT for economic and other benefits of people with disabilities.

Stressing the importance of ICT, Supreme Court lawyer Musherraf Hossain Mazumder, who is blind, said ICT needs to be suitable for people with disabilities to ensure their benefits.

Calling for creating the scope of employment for people with disabilities, he said about 300 graduates with visual impairment are now seeking employment.

Another visually impaired speaker Saidul Huq, called for imparting necessary training to people with disabilities to enhance their skills to access employment. He drew the attention of the ICT Ministry regarding the employment of people with disabilities at various projects under the ministry.

If the condition of people with disabilities is not improved, they will be a burden to society, and the effort to achieve SDGs will also not succeed, said Saidul Huq.

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