PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN (ANANDADHARA)

In Bangladesh the number of the children with disabilities especially the neuro-developmental disable children is increasing and this number is not at all small that is also applicable for Rajshahi. The neuro-developmental disable children are depriving from the rights and needs that they are desired or mostly needed as neuro-developmental disable children in Rajshahi city. They are deprived of access to therapeutic services, to special education and training, access to professional care, rights to protect from abuse and exploitation, rights to participation, rights to survival and development, rights to participate in recreation, pleasure and sports, right to non-discrimination and inclusion. The social, cultural, attitudinal, institutional barriers as well stigma existing in community level makes the situation very complex. They are mistreated and neglected in all spheres of social life. In contrast, the work on the rights of neuro-developmental disable children by the government and the non-government organizations are still extremely limited in comparison to the ever-increasing need for interventions and services for those children in Rajshahi city. Considering these, FWCA has been working with neuro-developmental disable children (cerebral palsy, down syndrome, intellectually disable and autistic) in Rajshahi city since 2005 through its child rights programs called “Anandadhara”. The purpose of this thematic program is to promote the rights of the children with disabilities especially the neuro-developmental disable children. It is operating three (3) number of specialized centre called “Anandadhara” to provide necessary services to the neuro-developmental disable children which include physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education and training, indoor outdoor sports, appropriate skills development training, outing, excursion, sports and physical training, case management, home visit and parents counseling, nursing child forum and use creative arts as means of therapy , reintegration and rehabilitation services. Beside this, it is conducting awareness generation and local level advocacy in its working are on the issues of disable children along with capacity development of staffs, care givers (parents) and the organization as well. Apart from these FWCA operates a inclusive pre-school as the process of mainstreaming the children. A positive changing trend observed as the results of the program though the speed is slow. Considering such achievement as a role model, FWCA has adopted the plan to extend its operation step by step.