“It’s not possible for none other than heir parents to feel the pain and agony of autistic children. Their children’s (autistic) problems are their 24-hour worry,” he said.
The President made the remarks when a delegation of the Global Autism Public Health Bangladesh, led by its Chairperson Saima Wazed Putul, met him at Bangabhaban and handed over their work plan.
Speaking on the occasion, Zillur Rahman said endeavors taken for developing all autistic children’s lives in society are very praiseworthy initiatives. “I convey my sincere thanks to all those who are involved in such programme.”
He said: “I assure my all-out support and cooperation for such activities and at the same time I request well-off people and institutions of society to extend their maximum help and cooperation to successfully take the programme ahead.”
Zillur said pure pleasures and satisfaction could be found through building up an autistic baby’s career as an able and developed person and those who would help them (autistic), the Almighty Allah would be pleased upon them.
The President specially thanked Saima Wazed Putul, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hsina, for her relentless efforts for the welfare of autistic children.
During the meeting, Saima Wazed Putul made a power point presentation at the function where she elaborated the GAPH activities, recommendations and way forward to address the issue of autism.
Saima said they have taken a twin track approach. Firstly, to develop a convergent action plan with collaborated efforts of all stakeholders and secondly to establish a legal and right-based framework to ensure sustainability, regulations and monitoring process, she said.
Saima also said they are working on adopting a resolution by the United Nation that can focus on capacity building in individual country.
She said GAPH Bangladesh has already prepared a Strategic and Convergent Action Plan (SCAPAD) to address the multiple determinants which protect and promote equality, quality, access, sustainability and affordability to individuals with autism and their families.
“Now we need to focus on implementation of the action plan,” she said adding “it’s a very difficult task, but not impossible.”
She said the goal of the master plan can be achieved by collaborative efforts of all government departments, non-profit organisations, tertiary institutions, parent bodies and professionals, civil society and media in Bangladesh.
Co-chairman of Global Autism Public Health Bangladesh Prof Dr Pran Gopal Dutta and secretaries to the President’s office were present on the occasion.