History

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 Nero-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. No. of beneficiaries/Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism raised to 15000. 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.

SWID provided technical support and professional cooperation to establish “Sena Sohayok School” under the supervision of ‘Sena Paribar Kollayan Samiti’ in 2006 at Dhaka Cantonment area which is now known as “PROYASH” (A special school for the children with special needs). In the beginning of this school, SWID provided assessment of disabled children, teaching with IEP and therapeutic services through its Senior Professionals & Teachers. Now “Prayash” has become an international Standard School with its educational, cultural activities and infrastructural facilities. So SWID feels very proud of its better development and expansion of schools at Chittagong, Jessore and Ghatail Cantonment areas. In appreciation of SWID Bangladesh the Government came forward with financial support. The Govt established ‘Jatiyo Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation’ under the ministry of Social Welfare in cooperation of SWID.

SWID provided active cooperation to form ‘Jatiyo Protibondhi Forum’, organized various programs on Disability right for welfare of the PWD which has become a Network organization of 380. Establishment of a National Institute for the intellectually disabled and Autistic (NIIDA) research on disabilities, PWID, 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 4,174 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.

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