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Extending support for mainstreaming autistic children stressed'

RANGPUR, April 21, 2017 (BSS) - Mainstreaming of the intellectually retarded and autistic children is possible through turning them into human resources by taking proper care and extending supports to flourish their inherent talents.

The opinion came at the launching ceremony of 'Khutamara Buddhi Protibondhi O Autism Biddyalaya' with 385 intellectually retarded and autistic children under Khutamara union of Jaldhaka upazila in Nilphamari on Thursday afternoon.

Society for Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled (SWID) in Bangladesh extended assistance in establishing the school for educating the intellectually retarded and autistic children of the area to make them able and worthy citizens.

Chairman of Nilphamari Zila Parisahd Joynal Abedin attended the ceremony and inaugurated the school as the chief guest with Chairman of Khutamara union parisahd Abu Sayeed Shamim in the chair.

Jaldhaka Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohd Rashedul Haque Prodhan, Zila Parisahd Member (Ward No-14) Zulfiquer Ali Jewell, Executive Members of SWID Bangladesh Ziaul Haque Zia and Shushanto Bhowmick and Principal of Tengonmari College Mahbub Uzzaman Litan, addressed the occasion as special guests.

Appreciating the authorities of SWID Bangladesh for launching of the school, the speakers said the school would play vital role in turning the intellectually retarded and autistic children of the area into worthy citizens for the nation.

The chief laid emphasis on ensuring congenial environment for the intellectually retarded and autistic children to flourish their inherent talents and abilities for mainstreaming them with the process of building a developed Bangladesh.

"The intellectually retarded and autistic children must be treated as integral part of the society as many of them have already proved ability and talent in education, sports and other extra curricular activities," he said.

He also committed for extending all possible supports for further development of the school.