Back Ground

Back Ground of The Organization

SWID was formed in December, 1977 by some professionals, social workers and parents of the intellectually disabled children, when most of people of this country had little knowledge about educability or sociability of persons with intellectual disability, and there were no services for the persons with intellectual disability. Such persons were then mentioned as idiots and most often classed/mixed up by many with the lunatics. SWID started schooling program for the intellectually disabled children. Then in 1982 a Norwegian organization named NFPU came forward with necessary financial support for not only the existing activities of SWID, but also advised us through a consultant/technical representative for new programs and for the expansion of activities with new Branches at different parts of the country. This cooperation lasted for 18 years (from 1982-1999). NFU has also purchased a land with its building for SWID at 4 Eskaton Garden, Dhaka.
The Government of Bangladesh has shown keen interest for the welfare of the disabled. The Government has therefore involved itself with the programs and activities of SWID soon after SWID had embarked on its pioneering activities for the cause of the intellectually disabled persons. The main building of SWID at 4/A, Eskaton Garden has been constructed on land and with funds provided by the Government. This building at 4/A, Eskaton Garden, is now the Head-Office of SWID Bangladesh. Government of Bangladesh has also extended its financial support to SWID as salary grant from 1994 and hopefully it will continue in future.
Once the term ‘Disabilities’ specially Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Handicap, Mental Retardation, ‘Autism’ Neuro-developmental Disabilities were unknown in our country. The children with these problems were treated as mentally ill, mental patients or ‘Mad’ in the society. In these circumstances, SWID Bangladesh established through self initiatives of some parents, psychologists and philanthropists of the society with the registered by the Department of Social Services of the Ministry of the social welfare Govt. of Bangladesh in 1978.
Establishment of SWID Bangladesh which is the pioneer organization in the field of Neuro-developmental Disabilities with scope of work on advocacy including disability movement, social awareness towards the disabled people, their education, socialization, social security, legal rights, entertainment, employment rehabilitation and social dignity. Presently it is organizing 300 schools at 61 Districts under 8 Divisions covering District headquarters to Upazila and UP areas of the country, providing Special Education, Vocational Training and Integrated School & Inclusive Education through parents and social cooperation to achieve normalization of the PWID and Autism with the Family and Community Based Rehabilitation. Providing clinical and therapeutic services with assessment of the clients, counseling to the parents, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and intensive care for the children with Down syndrome and Cerebral palsy under the National Institute for the Intellectually Disabled & Autistic (NIIDA).
 SWID is in the mainstream and social dignity of the nation child with intellectual disabilities, Autism Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. In this movement SWID established a positive concept and environment in avoiding negative attitudes of community people about intellectual disabilities and autism through its activities in special education and training, as a result our disabled and autistic children have achieved bright success in winning the World Special Olympics gold medal.
Providing clinical and therapeutic services with assessment of the clients, counseling to the parents, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and intensive care for the children with Down syndrome and Cerebral palsy under the National Institute for the Intellectually Disabled & Autistic (NIIDA).SWID is in the mainstreaming and social dignity of the nation child with intellectual disabilities, Autism Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
 MANAGEMENT OF THE ORGANIZATION 
General Members of the Branches constitute the base of the organizational management. There are altogether 9000 General Members throughout the country under the Branches, majority of the General Members are the parents of the persons with intellectual disability and others are professionals and social workers. Branch Members elect the
Branch Executive Committee which runs Branch schools and other activities. Representatives from the Branches constitute National Council which elects the National Executive Committee for every two years. National Executive Committee is responsible for running the overall activities of the organization and accountable to the National Council.
 Number of staff of the organization 
SWID has altogether 3000 teaching, administrative and professional staff at Head Office, National Institute for the Intellectually Disabled (NIID) and schools run by the branches.
Stakeholders
Primary stakeholders are the children and adult with intellectual disability and secondary stakeholders are parents and community people including the personnel working in the government departments.
Target group
Children and adults with intellectual disability of Bangladesh, Intellectually disabled persons with autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, communication disorders and behavior disorders are also served in the development programs of the organization.
 Number of beneficiaries
At present 15000  children and adults with intellectual and associated disability like autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and behavior disorders are getting different services from the organization.
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One Response to “Back Ground”

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