People with disabilities in this country have long faced social barriers, negative perceptions and discrimination, and Md. Saidul Huq, 53, is no exception.
Saidul lost his vision due to tymism at the age of 6 and the challenges he faced during his studies led him to found the Organization for The Development of Rehabilitation and Education of the Blind (BERDO) in 1991. Stitch Hello Darkness My Old Friends Moon Shirt
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His mission is to ensure equal access, active participation and decent living for people with disabilities by empowering and integrating them into society.
From his first days at the school for visually impaired children in his hometown of Barishal, Saidul felt the overall education system did not support students like him.
Even at the special school, there are no bras, no trained teachers, and more importantly, no inspiration for students.
Although soon brought to Dhaka by a family acquaintance to be admitted to a non-governmental primary school teaching Braille, Saidul had to return to Barishal to attend formal middle and high school.
He went on to complete his studies and was admitted to study philosophy at the University of Dhaka in 1988, where despite the Stitch Hello Darkness My Old Friends Moon Shirt limitations associated with scribes and supporting materials such as books and records, he was still impressed with his work.
While studying for a bachelor’s degree, he first wanted to do something for the visually impaired – who didn’t seem to have books, jobs or prospects.
“When I started, I had no money, staff or office space. All I have is my confidence,” Saidul said.
That confidence, this year, helped BERDO enter its 30th year.
While BERDO began with the idea of a library with Braille and books for the Stitch Hello Darkness My Old Friends Moon Shirt visually impaired – over time, it has evolved into an organization that works with other people with disabilities.
In 2006, BERDO established a boarding school for visually impaired children for free at the Stitch Hello Darkness My Old Friends Moon Shirt elementary level. Currently, about 50 students are studying braille from grade one to fifth grade.
After fifth grade, BERDO helps these students integrate into formal schools and provide them with necessary books and other learning materials.
Today, many of these students are studying at various public universities