In a country like Bangladesh where social standing plays a significant role, being disabled means facing severe discrimination. Over 40-60 million Bangladeshi citizens are classified as disabled. In some cases, disabled children are shut away from the judgmental phenomenon of society. Others are left to fend for themselves as beggars on the streets. Even the slightly more fortunate ones, who do have full support from their families, are faced with stigma. Normal milestones in life such as marriage and education become a near impossibility.
A Possible Solution
Historically, some solutions have been presented to cope with the issue. Bangladesh Disability Acts of 1995 included measures to accommodate special schooling needs for children with disabilities. However, many older bills failed to include all categories of disabilities. People with mental disorders such as Autism were excluded from the bill’s provisions.