The only organization in Bangladesh providing vocational training to children with special needs (autistic), PFDA-Vocational Training Centre Trust (PFDA-VTC Trust) has completed four years. The organization has arranged a program to celebrate the occasion on 26 October 2018, 5:30 pm onwards at Jatiya Natyashala, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The program has been arranged to aware parents of special children, general people and employers about the ability of the children.
Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon was present as the chief guest at the four years anniversary program chaired by Sajida Rahman Danny, Chairman of the trust. Kazi Amin, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, Imran Karim, Vice Chairman of Confidence Group, Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and theatre personality Ramendu Majumdar along with high officials of government and private organizations will be present at the event.
The program featured “Manchitrer Jonno” a dance-drama on the war of independence by the theatre group “Karishma” formed by autistic children. the drama background is from the time of 1947 to 1971. 23 children with special needs performed in the drama. There was also a presentation themed “Beyond Boundaries”, best parents of the year awards and the launch of VTC Apple among other activities. The entire event was hosted by a child with special needs and a mother of a child.
Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon said, “Our current government is very compassionate towards autism and all sorts of disabilities. Our social welfare ministry is taking all necessary steps. We thank PDFA that they have demonstrated that if the children with autism are given opportunities they also can achieve greater things.”
Sajida Rahman Danny said, “Most of us are unaware that our children with special needs can accomplish wonders if only they are given the opportunities. They can do many things if they are provided the proper care. PDFA has already demonstrated some of those. The parents, the employers and the general people need to keep a positive outlook towards the special children.”