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Building understanding and promoting rights

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CDD has built a reputation as an experienced and innovative disability inclusion training and consultancy organisation committed to raising awareness of disability issues and improving access for persons with disabilities.

Our core competency is in delivering disability-specific training courses to individuals, partners and organisations throughout Bangladesh and internationally. These courses aim to improve understanding, create disability-friendly environments, and improve access and inclusion to enable persons with disabilities to participate in mainstream society. We also produce and disseminate a range of disability information materials and organise workshops and forums to celebrate the achievements of persons with disabilities and encourage organisations to share experiences on how best to achieve inclusion. Growing recognition of our extensive disability expertise has also led to frequent requests to share our knowledge at national and international conferences.

Disability Inclusion Training Courses

CDD commenced in 1996 to address the need for more skills and capacity in Bangladesh in the disability field by delivering disability-inclusion training. We have now developed a suite of disability training courses and materials and have built up an expert core group of trainers, who have developed their skills at centres of excellence at home and abroad.

Our core training programs are specifically designed to embed inclusive practices at all levels within development organisations, and comprise an extensive training program followed by CDD assessments, monitoring, networking and workshops with peers to stimulate a continual learning environment. We also provide a range of training programs focused on specific disabilities such as physical, visual, speech, hearing, intellectual, and deafblind disabilities – as well as on related issues such as how to use or make assistive devices, inclusive education, livelihood options, disaster risk reduction, self-help group development and leadership training for persons with disability.

CDD’s 3 major training courses are as follows:

  1. CAHD Orientation – Program Design Implementation and Management (PDIM) Training

This course is designed for organisational leaders and disability program managers and provides an introduction to disability issues, the CAHD approach and an understanding of the training available for organisational staff.

  1. Community Handicap and Disability Resource Person (CHDRP) Training course

This extensive training program is designed for developing disability field workers and focuses on building rehabilitation knowledge and skills to enable participants to help people with a wide range of disabilities. It comprises four parts commencing with initial training, then field work with an existing CAHD implementing organisation, an assessment by a CDD trainer four-five months later and a final refresher course to consolidate the program learnings. Each trained CHDRP has the opportunity to attend regular networking events and an annual conference to share their experiences and receive further updates to ensure their continual knowledge development.

  1. Social Communication on Handicap and Disability (SCHD) Course

This course is aimed at community educators in implementing organisations and focuses on helping them to change community attitudes and raise awareness of disability issues to enable persons with disabilities to participate in social, religious, economic and political activities to the best of their ability. The course provides information about the causes of disability, ways to prevent disability, and how to assist persons with disabilities to participate more fully in the community.

In addition to these three major training courses, CDD also offers advanced training courses in:

  • Disability Orientation
  • Workshop on Awareness Raising through alternative media
  • Care of children with cerebral palsy for care-givers
  • Advanced training course on Cerebral Palsy
  • Community based rehabilitation for visually impaired person
  • Low vision screening and management
  • Advanced intervention skills for visually impaired children
  • Awareness raising and Prevention of blindness
  • Sign supported Bangla for interpreters
  • Primary eye care
  • Management of persons with intellectual disability and autism
  • Workshop on early detection and intervention
  • Making simple assistive devices by using local resources
  • Making special seating
  • Assistive Devices for Facilitators
  • Assistive Devices for Local Artisans (metal and wood workers)
  • Income generation activities for persons with disabilities.
  • Mainstreaming education for children with disabilities
  • Organisation management
  • Development of project proposals for fundraising
  • Training of trainers
  • Advocacy, leadership and networking

CDD can also tailor a training course to specific organisational needs on request, which can be held at either the requesting organisation’s premises or at one of our customised training centres in Savar.

Contact us for further information on our training courses

Disability Materials & Resources

CDD has also developed an extensive range of information materials including booklets, manuals, flashcards, videos and DVDs. This information covers subjects ranging from understanding different types of disability to educational resources and storybooks, and is provided to the community to build awareness and understanding of disability.

A listing of the current CDD disability resources available are as follows:

Type of materialDescription
Booklet§  Primary information on Stroke§  Primary information on Mental Handicap§  Primary information on Cerebral Palsy§  Primary information on Amputation§  Primary information on Burn§  Primary information on Hearing Disability§  Primary information on Communication Disability§  Primary information on Down Syndrome§  Primary information on Polio§  Primary information on Spina Bifida§  Primary information on Hydrocephalus§  Primary information on Club Feet§  Primary information on Cleft Palate and Lip§  Primary information on Contracture§  Primary information on Arthritis§  Primary information on Visual Disability§  Primary information on Fever Management
Flashcards§  Preventing Disability During Pregnancy Period§  Fever Management§  Intellectual Handicap and Us§  Epilepsy§  10 Awareness Messages on Disability§  Disability Card§  Preventing Stroke§  Prevention of Ear Infection and Deafness§  Severe Burns and Disability§  Happy Village§  Cerebral Palsy§  Early Detection and Intervention§  Basic Information on Assistive Devices
Posters§  Normal Child Development§  Disability Awareness (9 posters)§  Sign language
Manuals/books§  Cerebral Palsy Manual§  Early Detection Manual§  Helping children who are Blind§  Sign Supported Bangla (2 books)§  Manual on Visual Impairment§  Helping children who are Deaf§  Story Book – Amina’s Story§  Siandabad& His Friend (2 Vol)
Video/Audio/CD§  Fever Management (video)§  Disabled People in Flood situations (video)§  General Awareness (audio/song)§  Education (audio/song)§  Documentary (CD)§  Sign Supported Bangla (2 CDs)§  CAHD Toolkit (CD)

Building Community Awareness of disability

Another way in which CDD raises community awareness of disability is by engaging with local communities using workshops, leaflets, and drama events to promote the abilities and rights of persons with disabilities.

Information sharing and advice

Due to our unique and considerable experience in the disability field, we are regularly requested to work with Government committees to provide technical policy input. CDD also provides a consultancy service to both national and international organisations to assist them in their inclusion practices, which includes training, studies, research, seminars, workshops, photographic exhibitions and exposure visits.


Improving Health

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CDD works to provide persons with disabilities with the best possible standard of health, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We aim to provide access to health and rehabilitation services to improve cognitive, sensory and physical functioning.

To achieve this, we raise awareness among families and communities about disability prevention and early intervention issues. Partner organisation trained rehabilitation workers provide health and rehabilitation services at the door steps of persons with disabilities and we ensure those living in very remote areas are serviced using our state of the art ship and mobile van service. We focus on the most vulnerable by offering surgical reconstruction to children born with cleft lip and club foot and improve mobility and quality of life by providing assistive devices such as wheelchairs, tricycles, artificial limbs, hand splints and walking frames.

Health Promotion & training

CDD conducts health promotion activities in order to alleviate the impacts of social, economic and environmental conditions on the health of persons with disabilities. We conduct campaigns on specific disability health issues such as how to prevent future disabilities, use of assistive devices and eye care campaigns throughout the year, disseminating information using posters and leaflets, community meetings, visits to households and health and disability worker training.

Reconstructive surgery

CDD provides reconstructive surgery and follow up speech and physical therapy for people with cleft lip and palate and club foot deformities. The surgeries are conducted by qualified pre-selected surgeons at regional hospitals throughout the year, and have enabled thousands of people to go on to live healthy, productive and fulfilled lives.

Assistive Devices

CDD produces and supplies thousands of different assistive devices to help persons with disabilities to become more mobile and independent, such as wheelchairs, artificial limbs, hand splints and visual and hearing aids. These devices are manufactured at our central facility, the National Resource Centre on Assistive Technology in Savar, and are distributed through our extensive country-wide partner network. Through this program, many persons with disabilities have been able to gain more functionality, participate in community activities and become less socially isolated.

A photographic list of our assistive devices and a price list can be found here.

Regional & remote outreach

To ensure that we reach persons with disabilities living in regional and remote areas, we operate a Mobile Therapy Unit. This comprises two vans and a ship which travel regularly to isolated areas where persons with a disability have few, if any, services available to them, to provide assessments, health checks, information and assistive devices.


Making education more inclusive

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CDD is committed to ensuring that children with a disability have access to inclusive education and individual support to maximise their academic and social development. We cater for children of all ages and provide support for both formal and non-formal education formats in order to meet different needs and learning styles.

Our early childhood care program targets the most vulnerable pre-primary children with disabilities as there are very few services available to address their more profound needs. At primary and secondary school age, we focus on helping mainstream schools to be more inclusive by training and supporting teachers, curriculum development, providing education materials and assisting families with enrolments. We also operate a pilot non-formal pre-primary school catering for disadvantaged local children who would otherwise miss out on schooling, which integrates children with a disability.

CDD conducts studies and research into the education of children with disabilities in different settings, and this contributes to our policy advocacy, teaching & learning strategies and resource development.

Inclusive mainstream education

Children with disabilities need to be included in mainstream schools so that they can learn and play alongside other children. CDD assists this process by helping these children to enrol in mainstream primary schools and supporting their inclusion into the school by working alongside teachers, training them in inclusive education methods and equipping them with accessible education materials. Where feasible, we also ensure that the school is physically accessible.

In addition to this, CDD develops inclusive education curriculums and works closely with Government departments to promote the education of children with disabilities. We also participate in national and international research and networks to share experiences and insights.

Deaf Blind Day Care

The deaf blind day care program of the Deaf Blind National Resource Centre aims to improve child survival, development and learning by focusing on health, nutrition and hygiene. These are critical to the child’s ability to develop and to teaching the children and carers/parents how to communicate with each other. The service is delivered by CDD’s team of deaf blind specialist staff at the Dhaka Day Centre and in homes around Bangladesh.

Schools for autistic and disadvantaged children

CDD assisted in setting up the Anandashala School for autistic children at Jahangirnagar University and also runs a pilot non-formal pre-primary school catering for disadvantaged local children who would otherwise miss out on schooling and which integrates children with a disability. Both schools are proving to be a great success and ensure that children in the community are able to receive an education regardless of whether or not they have a disability.


Encouraging greater financial self-sufficiency

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Persons with disabilities have the right to seek and obtain paid work, but in practice there are many barriers which prevent them from doing so. This is therefore a key focus area for CDD’s work in Bangladesh.

We provide support to enable persons with disabilities to obtain waged employment, learn essential work skills, set up their own small business enterprises and access loans, grants and savings schemes and social benefits. In this way, we assist in improving their financial security, providing for their futures and enhancing quality of life. Importantly, being able to participate in the workforce and earn a living also gives persons with disabilities a sense of worth and dignity otherwise denied to them.

Work & trade skills training

CDD identifies and promotes opportunities for persons with disabilities to learn skills that are essential for earning an income i.e., core life skills, basic working practices, small business management, technical abilities, trade skills and income generation activities. For example, we have trained hundreds of persons with disabilities in feasible and practical livelihood skills such as poultry and cattle rearing, horticulture, handicrafts, aquaculture and tailoring.

Self-employment training & loans

In low income countries like Bangladesh, self-employment provides the main opportunity for persons with disabilities to earn a living. CDD provides training in how to run a successful small business and assists persons with disabilities to access new enterprise start-up loans and grants using its business and Government links.

Support seeking waged employment

As persons with disabilities face many barriers to finding meaningful waged employment, CDD assists them in creating connections and securing positions in the business, Government and NGO sectors. Although employers are slowly becoming more receptive to employing someone with a disability, there is still a long way to go.

Loan, grant & savings scheme assistance

Persons with disabilities have the same needs for financial services as persons without disabilities but are often not aware of or able to access services available. CDD assists them in identifying, applying for and obtaining loans and grants and in setting up savings funds to enable them to provide for their future needs.

Accessing social benefits

CDD also raises awareness amongst persons with disabilities of the social benefits which they are entitled to and helps them to access these i.e., disability, education and widows’ allowances etc. We also assist persons with disabilities to set up self help groups so that they can advocate together for their rights and needs, and work closely with local government, development and Disabled People’s Organisations to support their work in the community.


Social strengthening family and community

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CDD believes that persons with disabilities need to be able to participate in social and recreational activities in order to reduce their social isolation, improve their physical and mental health and to encourage society to make their leisure activities more inclusive. However, they often need additional supports to enable their inclusion and this is where we therefore focus our efforts.

We aim to improve community attitudes to disability, clarify needs and encourage personal support for persons with disabilities by providing training and information to families and the community. At the same time, we coordinate inclusive arts, recreation and sporting activities, such as the Deafblind recreation program for children and their carers. Through these programs, we hope to provide greater opportunities for persons with disabilities to maximise their potential, enjoy recreation and make new networks of friends in order to improve their life and health outcomes.

Personal assistance

Some persons with disabilities require personal assistance to enable them to participate in family and community life. CDD provides training to its partner organisations, families and the community on the need for personal assistance, the various options available and how this can be provided at a local level. For example, in areas at greatest risk of natural disasters, CDD has worked with local communities to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in planning and relief efforts such as assistance to evacuate if needed, inclusion on disaster committees, accessible disaster-proof raised housing and accessible rescue boats for flood evacuations.

Relationships, marriage and family

By working closely with the community, CDD’s trained community mobilisers focus on improving the social integration of persons with disabilities by increasing awareness about disability, changing negative family and community attitudes, and preventing and reducing violence against persons with disabilities. For example, CDD together with one of our partners helped a totally deafblind person to find employment and gain respect in their community, enabling him to subsequently achieve his dream of getting married. This would have been inconceivable if he had not been able to secure a job and prove his ability to provide for a family.

Culture and arts

Participation in cultural and arts activities is important for personal growth and development. In recognition of this, CDD conducts arts and essay competitions, provides alternative media training and encourages involvement in performance groups. These activities provide a sense of belonging and an opportunity for persons with disabilities to contribute to the cultural fabric of society.

Recreation, leisure and sport

CDD aims to increase opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in recreation, leisure and sports, especially children and their families, as this is important for their well-being and makes the community more cohesive. Some of our activities include the coordination of inclusive sports events, competitions for school students and a regular recreation program for children with disabilities and their caregivers.


Strengthening the ability to communicate, participate and self-advocate

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CDD is strongly committed to working with persons with disabilities to improve their ability to communicate and engage with others, in order to strengthen their ability to self-advocate. This is based on a belief that only persons with disabilities themselves know what they need but are often unable to express these needs and defend their rights.

At a community level, we focus on building awareness and understanding of disability using a variety of informal communication methods and actively encourage inclusion of persons with disability on local decision making bodies. At the same time, we target persons with disabilities themselves to remove barriers to communication and enhance their skills to enable them to speak out. For example, we have developed a range of Braille and Bangla sign language products to improve communication for those with sight or hearing impairments, and we also train people in leadership and assist in the formation and operation of local self-help groups. Many of these groups and participants go on to form or be involved in Disabled People’s Organisations, advocating for their needs and ensuring that persons with disabilities have a voice.

Development of Braille products

CDD has five Braille printers, making it the largest printer of Braille books in Bangladesh and also the only organisation to have produced Braille educational texts for all primary school subjects. We also produce Braille training publications, novels, menus, brochures and locally-made high quality Braille writing slates.

Bangla Sign language

CDD instigated and developed the Bangla sign language to enable the speech and hearing impaired people of Bangladesh to communicate, given that prior to 2001 there was only a modified form of British, American, Australian and indigenous sign language available. With the active engagement of deaf people and their representative organisations, CDD has now produced a full set of sign language manuals and toolkits and provides training for disability field workers, school-teachers, students, deaf people, family members and care givers.

Community mobilisation

CDD mobilises people by engaging with and sensitising local communities on the needs, rights and issues facing persons with a disability, using workshops, information leaflets and drama events. We also work with communities to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in local decision making committees. Our strategy is to ensure that the community embraces inclusion in the realisation that it will benefit everyone.

Political participation

CDD believes that promoting the participation of persons with disabilities in politics is an important approach to empowerment. Decision-making is central to politics, so political participation enables persons affected by issues to be at the centre of decision-making and to influence change. For example, through our partner organisations we have facilitated persons with a disability to take part in local government elections as candidates and voters, and to advocate for standing committees focused on disability issues. Persons with disabilities elected to these roles or represented on committees now have the opportunity to have a more effective voice in political affairs.

Self-help group formation

CDD helps to form and support self-help groups comprised of persons with disabilities who come together to share information and resolve common problems, and also provides leadership training to group convenors. Participating in self-help groups provides participants with mutual support, encourages them to find solutions together and improves confidence and self-esteem.

Climate Change And Disasters

Inclusion in disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities

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As one of the world’s climate change hotspots, natural disasters in the form of flooding, cyclones, and drought are a part of everyday life for the people of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to natural hazards due to its geographical location, land characteristics, multiplicity of rivers and the monsoon climate. However, these events hit people living in poverty “and in particular persons with a disability” the hardest of all.

Yet, there is very limited participation of persons with disabilities in disaster management planning and limited awareness and training of emergency response and disaster preparedness staff regarding their needs. As a result, they are mostly excluded from disaster management actions such as risk and capacity assessment, identification, early warning, search, rescue, evacuation, shelters, emergency response, water & sanitation, healthcare, and rehabilitation. For example, deaf people are unable to hear audible early warning signals, evacuation may be difficult or impossible without personal assistance and village disaster shelters may not be accessible as they have steps or are under water following a severe flood. They may also be overlooked in the relief and rebuilding process, and given they have often lost their personal possessions and their means of livelihood this can send persons with disabilities into a spiral of greater poverty and vulnerability that intensifies with every new disaster.

To address this issue, CDD implements disability inclusive disaster response and risk reduction projects and advocates for persons with disabilities and their families to be included in preparedness, response and recovery activities conducted by mainstream disaster management agencies.

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CDD’s key disaster and risk reduction activities are as follows:

  • Provision of emergency relief
  • Making capacity and risk analysis disability inclusive
  • Implementing fully accessible early warning signs for those with visual and/or hearing impairments
  • Encouraging inclusive search and rescue mechanisms such as accessible boats, equipment, and training of rescue personnel etc
  • Disability friendly disaster shelters, housing and toilets
  • Installing tube wells to ensure safe drinking water for the community post-disaster
  • Training the community in how to provide for the needs of persons with disabilities in disaster situations i.e., in rescue and evacuation procedures, relief mechanisms, shelters, etc.
  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities on disaster management and planning committees
  • Training persons with disabilities in livelihoods that will survive disaster situations to help them recover and rebuild their lives more quickly in the aftermath
  • Provision of assistive devices and therapy to persons with disabilities to improve mobility
  • Advocacy and campaigning for the inclusion of disability issues into initiatives undertaken by disaster management organisations and the Government

Deafblind support

Access to specialised advice, opportunities and support for people with deafblindness

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Sometimes, fate can deal a challenging hand for families………..Tania (aged 9), Tanzil (aged 7) and Zahidul (aged 4 years) are three siblings from the same family who are all Deafblind and consequently rely on the support provided by CDD.

In 2009, The Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) initiated a specialist service for persons with deafblindness in Bangladesh with the technical support of Sense International India and the financial assistance of UKaid. In order to execute its deafblind program, the National Resource Centre on deafblindness was established, targeting the most vulnerable and socially-isolated children and adults in the country. It is estimated that 10.7% of the population of Bangladesh have multiple disabilities and this figure includes those who have deafblindness. The objective of CDD’s deafblind Program is to promote an inclusive society where persons with deafblindness have access to the advice, opportunities and support that are necessary to meet their unique needs and challenges.

Deafblindness is a combination of both hearing and vision loss which also severely hampers speech and often presents along with additional disabilities such as epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy and other forms of physical disability. Persons with deafblindness face considerable and multiple challenges in daily life, as they find it very difficult to interact with other people because of their severe lack of communication skills. As a result, they are excluded from participation both within their family environment and in society in general, their rights are ignored and their needs are not addressed. Without recognition and understanding, this rejection can lead to a sub-human form of existence. This prompted CDD to intervene in order to raise awareness and understanding of deafblindness, and provide support to people and families affected in order to uphold the basic rights and provide a voice to these most marginalised of persons with disabilities.

CDD’s deafblind Program is delivered by a team of skilled people, comprising CDD and partner organisation staff, who have been extensively trained as deaflblind trainers and/or Field Educators by experts from Sense International in India.The program comprises several components which are as follows:

National Resource Centre (NRC) on Deafblindness

The National Resource Centre (NRC) is based in Dhaka and provides information, specialised training, and disseminates resource materials to families, teachers and organisations about deafblindness. Its publications include informative newsletters, booklets, case studies and awareness-raising materials. The NRC offers three specialist deafblindness training courses focused on developing basic, intermediate or advanced skills in understanding and addressing Deafblind issues, which are conducted over one, three or ten days respectively. Further details and course dates can be accessed from the National Resource Centre.

Day Care Centre

The Deafblind Day Care Centre is also based in Dhaka to cater for deafblind children and their carers living in the city. This service aims to improve child survival, development and learning by focusing on health, nutrition, hygiene and basic daily living activities which are critical to the child’s ability to develop and on teaching the children and carers/parents how to communicate with each other.

Schools for children with special needs

In order to reach persons with deafblindness living outside Dhaka city, CDD also has a regional service network in six districts of Bangladesh. This network comprises of trained deafblindness workers within selected CDD partner organizations which disseminate information about deafblindness and provide needs-based support services to families, deafblind children and communities in regional and remote areas.

Contact the National Resource Centre on Deafblindness.

Current Projects

CDD is currently conducting eleven projects funded by international and/or national donors. A summary of these projects can be found below:

Project nameImproving Health and Education for Deafblind People in Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries:Persons with Deafblindness
Funded by:Sense International (India), Sense International and Scottish Government Grant (SG)
Duration:1 year Extension program
Start/Finish Timing:1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
Project SummaryTo improve education and health for 638 children and young people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, with the poorest families receiving support for income-generating activities, improving the quality of life for people with deafblindness and their families, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).SG has supported to implement the project in Bangladesh for the year 2013-16 in partnership with Sense International (SI) and Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), and extended for 1 year from 1 April 2016 t0 31 March 2017. This program will provide all regular supports to the Deafblind people of 8 partner organizations and partial support to the Deafblind people of other 8 partner organizations. Through the support 638 deafblind people will enjoy a better quality of life in terms of health, education, therapy, equipment’s etc. by regular home-based support services delivered by the trained educators. Deafblind children who are able to attend day care centre will receive pre-school or primary education depending on their needs. Meanwhile, 38 Deafblind field educator and NRC staff, and 3190 family members will be trained with advance Deafblind training as well other concerned issue on Deafblindness as requires. The project will also develop a strong network with organizations working on Deafblindness, family of persons with Deafblindness, school teachers, and medical professionals as well. This network will help to develop an informal network group of Deafblind people and this membership of network will increase the capacity to advocate effectively to enjoy the rights of health and medical support, to the inclusion of Deafblind children in mainstream education and to enjoy the government supports for persons with disabilities for sustainable livelihood.
Project namePromoting Rights of People with Disabilities through Disability Inclusive Local Governance and Service Providing Institutions (PRPD-DI)
Target Beneficiaries:17500 Persons with disabilities and their family members in six districts of Bangladesh
Funded by:ManusherJonno Foundation (MJF)
Duration:3 Years
Start/Finish Timing:August 2013 to July 2016
Name of Sub Partners* ACCESS Bangladesh Foundation, Savar, Dhaka* Association for Women Empowerment and Child Right (AWAC), Chittagong* Poverty Alleviations through participatory rural initiative (PAPRI), Narsingdi* Noria Unnyan Samity (NUSA), Sariatpur* Self-help and rehabilitation Centre(SHARP), Nilfamari* Organization for the Poor Community Advancement (OPCA), Chittagong* Community Development Centre (CDC), Dinajpur
Project SummaryProject Goal: Improved rights and governance situation for well-being of people with disabilitiesObjective 1: To enhance capacity and confidence of people with disabilities for their active participation and constructive engagement in community development process.Objective 2: To influence and increase capability of service providing institutions to ensure disability inclusive planning, allocation of budget, resources and accessibility for people with disabilities.Objective 3: To create economic opportunities for people with disabilities through skills development, linkage opportunity and IGA support.Outcome1:Improved leadership skills and knowledge available among people with disabilities to effectively participate, engage and contribute in decision making process.Outcome 2:Improved functional and mobility skills of people with disabilities allowing increased participation in society.Outcome 3:Service providing institutions are willing and possess minimum skills and knowledge to mainstream disability.Outcome 4:Schemes and services of local government institutes and other service providers are disability inclusive.Outcome 5:Persons with disabilities develop economic skills and earn a living through livelihoodOutputs under Objective 1§  People with disabilities skilled on group development, leadership skills, Disability laws, RTI, Gender, Violence against women, Local Legal Support, UP activities, Local budget & planning, accounting & book keeping , advocacy and campaigning, safety nets, agriculture extension Service, etc§  People with disabilities make applications for information in accordance to RTI Act.§  Functional groups of people with disabilities.§  Community mobilized against injustice & violation of rights of people with disabilities.§  Persons with disabilities participate in UDCC meetings, PIC, Scheme Implementation committee etc§  Persons with disabilities regularly participate in Open Budget Meetings and participatory planning meeting at wards and Ups.§  Persons with disabilities access rehabilitation and development services.§  Action plans generated from quarterly union planning meetingOutputs under Objective 2.§  Chairman, elected members of Union Councils and other service providing representatives sensitized and oriented on disability mainstreaming in their programmes.§  Performance monitoring conducted on Union Parishads and other service providing institutes on their services.§  Increased accountability of service providers to citizens for planning, budget formulation and expenditure§  Disability inclusive plans and budgets by local government and service providers.§  Demands from Persons with disabilities incorporated by Ups.§   CDD and its partners facilitate National Basic Capacity Building Programme run by NILG. (on disability)Outputs under Objective 3§  Trained people with disabilities on vocational, technical, entrepreneurship and IGA skills.§  Sensitized employers on reasonable accommodation measures for disability inclusive recruitment process and work environment.§  Employed people with disabilities at public and private sectors.§  Financial resources provided to people with disabilities by financial institutes of public & sectors and NGOs.§  Self-employed people with disabilities.§  Income made by people with disabilities
Project nameStrengthening Capacity and Networking of NSAs and LAs on Disability (SCANED)
Target Beneficiaries:1. The first target group concerns 30.700 PwD living in remote and service-deprived areas, receiving rehabilitation and referral services in the proximity of where they live.2. The second target group comprises of CDD and 20 of its implementing partner organizations, and 80 technical partners, including Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and private and public institutions from within CDD’s network, whose service delivery capacity is to be strengthened.3. The third target group concerns the households to which the targeted PwD belong, the communities they live in, government institutions and authorities, development organizations, and donor agencies at large.
Funded by:European Union and Light for the World The Netherlands(EU supported Direct Grant Award project)
Duration:48 Months
Start/Finish Timing:01 October 2013 to 30 September 2017
Project SummaryThis project is a Non-State Actors and Local Authorities Grant project funded by European Union. Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) in partnership with Light for the world implements the project in Bangladesh through 20 partner NGOs and mobile units (two storied ship and bus). The project will strengthen and improved functioning and societal inclusion of persons with disabilities living with poverty especially in rural and hard to reach communities of Bangladesh. At least 30,700 persons with disabilities in the rural communities of Bangladesh will receive much needed physical rehabilitation services through 100 rehabilitation workers. This project will build capacities of the government’s one-stop rehabilitation services and local government representatives for ensuring effective service delivery and referral mechanism. The project will also establish therapeutic units in public hospitals that will allow access of persons with disabilities in medical and rehabilitation care at mainstream hospitals. Through this project, rights of persons with disabilities will be promoted and persons with disabilities will be involved in social and economic activities in their communities in Bangladesh.
Project namePromotion of Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh (PHRPD) through Disability Inclusion
Target Beneficiaries:Persons with disabilities in Bangladesh
Funded by:This project is supported by CBM Australia and is an Australian Aid project funded by the Australian Government
Duration:03 years
Start/Finish Timing:1 January 2015 to 31 December, 2017
Project SummaryThe project will contribute to the improvement in disability inclusive programming of government and non-government organizations in Bangladesh, particularly addressing the needs of women and children with disabilities. As specific objective/purpose, by the end of the project, (i) SHGs and Apex bodies will be independent in local level advocacy and (ii) Government and non-government organizations will provide disability inclusive services in the communities of 11 districts of Bangladesh. Four result influences the achievement of specific objective/purpose: (1) Existing SHGs and Apex bodies are strengthened as organizations  to support local actors including new SHGs on disability rights and inclusion, (2) Partners develop organizational capacity to make their organization disability inclusive and to extend technical support to other development actors, (3) Union Parishad& development line ministry offices at sub-districts practice greater inclusion of person with disabilities within development and safety-net schemes of the government and (4) School are better prepared to practice inclusive education.
Project nameCBR Roll out in Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries:Persons with disabilities in Bangladesh.
Funded by:CBM
Duration:5 years
Start/Finish Timing:1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016
Project SummaryThis project has been initiated with an aim to provide quality disability inclusive development good practices in Bangladesh based on the new Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Guidelines so that it can be used as a strategy to contribute towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).The project is being implemented by CDD in association with the National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) and 30 Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs). The Jatiyo Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation (JPUF) – a Government foundation working for the development of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh – extended their cooperation and support to the project.The project is targets to develop resources based on the new CBR guidelines. This will include translated version of the guidelines in Bengali & in accessible formats, training packages, inclusive education materials, and Community Based Inclusive Development implementation guidelines. The training courses will be tailored for Government, NGOs, and DPOs. Six different foundation and six refresher training courses covering CBR, disability inclusive development, CRPD, MDG and the Rights Based Approach will be designed.The project also identified different stakeholders who can play significant role in the implementation of project activities throughout the project locations. In the first and second year of the project most of the identified stakeholders participated in different training and workshops organized by CDD where they received information of the new CBR Guidelines and they acquire knowledge about how they can contribute in the process. Altogether 249 persons have received training on CBR, Rights, existing government and other services, local government, advocacy, right to information, law & policies etc. Among the 249 participants, 62 were persons with disabilities.The project is being implemented at 30 local government units Union Parishad (UP) (the lowest tier of the administration of the Government and population within them is between 25,000 and 30,000). Local DPOs/NGOs and the UPs are facilitating CBR in their areas. In this process, 19 CBR Working Groups already have been initiated in 19 project locations and formation of CBR Working Group is under process in other locations.Under the project, a situation analysis study has been initiated and the process for the development of national CBR Strategy paper is also going on. The project is involving different stakeholders with this process to ensure ownership of all concerned especially the government of Bangladesh. From the government’s point of view, the main role is played by JPUF from the Ministry of Social Welfare.In addition, the project has identified 4 organizations and initiated 4 pilot projects based on the CBR guidelines which will help to develop lessons and best practices on Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID). The project will produce a comprehensive CBR Toolkit including the evidences based learning & best practices that will be a national resource to promote CBR in Bangladesh.
Project nameCommunity Driven Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction – (CDDiDRR)
Target Beneficiaries:Persons with disabilities and their families in Haripur and Shreepur union of Sundarganj sub-district, Gaibandha.
Funded by:CBM
Duration:42 Months
Start/Finish Timing:July 2013 to December 2016
Project SummaryThe project is based on the experience and learning of the pilot project Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR), implemented by CDD in association of local partner GUK with the support of CBM.The project will reduce vulnerability and improve capacity of communities and local government on DiDRR. It will contribute in the implementation of the Bangladesh Government’s National Plan for Disaster Management 2010 – 2015. The key focus of the project will be to create a sustainable mechanism at community level on DiDRR that will be driven by the local community. The project will be a model that can be replicated in Bangladesh and in the region. It will be a demonstration on community driven DRR program. It will also demonstrate how DiDRR can drive development for the total community in education, livelihood, health, and also how it can empower the most vulnerable like persons with disabilities.The project will train 1300+ representatives from different stakeholders, 25,000+ community people will be made aware; 1,500 families will have their own DiDRR plans, 100+ persons with disabilities will be progressing towards empowerment, and 3000+ representatives from disability and DRR sector will benefit from best practices and learning of the project. A comprehensive resource package will also be developed in CD and in print which will benefit many more.The project will also work intensively with local education institutes to create Safer Schools as a Child Rights issue. Gender and women’s participation will be emphasized. Added focus will be on the empowerment of Persons with disabilities and their meaningful and dignified participation in the total process.Communities will be oriented and made aware on disability, DRR and Gender issues. Government Disaster Management Committees, the WDMCs and concerned agencies and representatives will receive intensive training and technical follow-up. Advocacy campaigns will be undertaken by community to the duty bearers on issues that will be identified. At local level Risk Reduction Action Plans will be developed based on CRAs. Such plans will be available at Union, Ward and Schools level. DiDRR activities will be undertaken in the project area which is expected to become an integral part of community, family and individual practices. The project will also facilitate extensive networking at national level among disability and disaster actors at Government and NGO sectors. There will be increased sharing of resources, experiences and learning on DiDRR in the country.
Project namePromotion of National and International Standards related to the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the RMG and Textile Industry
Target Group:a. Owners, top management, mid level managers of RMG factoriesb. BGMEAc. BKMEAd. Officials of DWAe. Trainers involve in RMG workers trainingf. RMG workforce including persons with disabilitiesg. Inclusive job center, CRPh. National Skills Development Councili. Women Café membersj. DPO & Self-help Group members
Funded by:Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Duration:One year
Start/Finish Timing:August 2015 to April 2017
Project SummaryObjective :§  Updated “Guidelines on Inclusive Human Resource Policy for RMG factories”§  Conduct disability inclusion assessment for 150 RMG & textile factories. Out of 150, 100 RMG & textile factories implement at least two measures among the recommendations made.§  At least 2 round tables on inclusive skills training and employment conducted with representatives from industry associations (senior and mid-level managers from RMG factory), government and development partners.§  Conduct ToT for master trainers from public and private training institutes on inclusive skills training.§  Conduct training course for DPOs and SHGs on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, equal opportunities and on economic inclusion.§  Organize sensitization sessions on national policies and international standards on inclusion for RMG industry associations under the banner of NSDC Secretariat.§  Orientation of 150 RMG mid level managers on inclusive practices§  Database of 50 RMG factories updated with at least 150 additional RMG & textile factories.
Project nameTogether we can!- Capacity Building to support youth with Deafblindness in India and Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries:Young people with Deafblindness
Funded by:Sense International (India), Sense International and European Union
Duration:2 years
Start/Finish Timing:1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018
Project SummaryA deafblind person is both deaf and blind, often with additional disabilities. Because 95% of what we learn comes through sight and hearing, deafblind people face unique challenges in communication, mobility and accessing information, making deafblindness one of the most isolating of disabilities. Deafblind people are profoundly excluded due to the lack of understanding of their complex needs and limited expectations of them. In most poor countries there is little awareness about deafblindness and consequently no support exists. They face huge challenges, but with the right support it is possible for them to lead quality lives and be active members of society.  This project aims to develop innovative approaches to addressing the training needs of young people with deafblindness in India and Bangladesh that can be shared with other low income and middle income countries.Sense International (SI) will work with its two partners to develop and test new non-formal training methodologies to enable young deafblind learners to acquire soft skills needed in every day interactions, in particular in training and employment environments. In parallel, SI India and CDD will engage with vocational training providers and labour market representatives to remove barriers to the integration of deafblind young people in vocational training and provide career advice to young people regarding relevant vocational training and income generation activities. This will be supported by creation and dissemination of targeted communications materials to a wider range of training providers and through them potential employers to facilitate the inclusion of young people with deafblindness in future training courses and in basic jobs. More broadly, SI India and CDD will organize mass media conferences for their respective countries to raise awareness of deafblindness and support the inclusion of deafblind youth in training and employment. The project will create a small cohort of young people able to take up training and employment opportunities resulting from greater awareness, willingness and capacity of vocational training providers and employers to recruit them. These interlinked activities will be used by SI and its partners to promote best practices for social inclusion of deafblind youth across their networks.
Project nameEnhancing Community-based services and effective education for deafblind people in Bangladesh
Target Beneficiaries:Persons with Deafblindness
Funded by:Sense International (India), Sense International and Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC)
Duration:4 years
Start/Finish Timing:1 April 2016 to 31 March 2020
Project SummaryThe project will provide community-based services and effective education for deafblind people, focusing on the poorest regions of Bangladesh – the north and south-west regions. The direct benefits will include 10 organizations with the capacity to deliver community-based services to deafblind people, with 2 of these organizations established as Regional Resource Centres on Deafblindness by the second year. 360 deafblind children will benefit from comprehensive community-based services, delivered by special educators from partner organizations, responding to the needs identified and with a focus on effective education. 720 parents or guardians will be trained as caregivers for deafblind people. 100 teachers at 100 schools will become lead persons for inclusive education for people with complex disabilities like deafblindness. 130 local elected government representatives at the Union Parishad level will be trained on deafblindness, to ensure deafblind people and their families can access government social safety net provisions based on their circumstances. 36 deafblind youth and adults will receive vocational education training and support to start businesses, providing opportunities to learn new skills and earn income to reduce poverty. These outcomes will contribute to 10,000 other children at 100 schools learning about the needs of deafblind children, 1,440 family members benefitting from the improved quality of life for the deafblind person and 10,000 community-members having increased awareness of deafblindness.
Project nameInclusive Protection and Empowerment Project for the Children with Disabilities (IPEP)
Target Beneficiaries:2300 Children with disabilities (Home based – 1500, School based – 300, Institution based 500)3000 caregivers of children with disabilities.
Funded by:European Union, Supported by: Save the Children International
Duration:3 years
Start/Finish Timing:February 2014 to January 2017
Project SummaryThe project has been initiated to prevent violence against children with disabilities through awareness raising and capacity building of both the children themselves and the adults that surround them in specific settings.The project focuses on child resilience and Capacity building of community and institution based child protection system. This project contains designed activities that promote positive coping and resilience.The overall objective of the project is that “children with disabilities in Bangladesh are protected from all forms of violence”. Three specific objectives will ensure that the action reduces their vulnerability to violence while the survivors have access to protective and rehabilitative services. Specific objective – 1 focused on prevention, ensuring that children with disabilities in the target areas have the skills to protect themselves against violence, and that their caregivers and other duty bearers are able to take action to detect, prevent, challenge and respond to violence against the children. Specific objective – 2 focused on responding to the problems of rehabilitation and care for children who have been subjected to violence. Specific objective – 3 focused national policies and actions are informed of and sensitive to the vulnerabilities of children with disabilities, including that the revised social protection framework in Bangladesh reflects the needs of children with disabilities.To achieve the goal  project is working with children with disabilities, children without disabilities, their caregivers, community people, teachers, school management committees, community based child protection committees, police, lawyers, local government , local administration,  government run one stop crisis centre residential institute for children with disabilities and others related stakeholders.
Project nameSocial Inclusion of Deaf Children and Young People in Bangladesh (SI-DCYP) Project
Target Beneficiaries:135 deaf children, 60 deaf youths, 195 families, 5040 community people, 7500 primary school students, and 150 teachers.
Funded by:Deaf Child Worldwide, UK
Duration:3 years
Start/Finish Timing:1st January 2014- 31st December 2016
Project SummaryThe pilot project Social Inclusion Of Deaf Children and Young People in Bangladesh (SI-DCYP) aims to obtain deaf children and young people’s equal opportunities and full participation in all spheres of their life by reducing societal barriers, by building capacity and knowledge of 135 deaf children, 60 deaf youths, 195 families, 5040 community people, 7500 primary school students, and 150 teachers in the communities. The project also aims to empower deaf children, youths and their families to mobilize and claim their rights. The key focus areas of the project is social inclusion of deaf children and young people through improved language and communication skills, education, employment, empowerment and awareness. Deaf Child Worldwide, UK is supporting this project. The project is being implemented in Jhenaidah, Chittagong and Dhaka from January, 2014 to December, 2016 in partnership with AID Foundation, Jhenaidah; Songshoptaque, Chittagong and Access Bangladesh Foundation, Dhaka.Major Interventions of the project are-§  Identification of deaf children in the community;§  Hearing loss assessment by Audiometric Technician;§  Hearing aid support to deaf children and young people (DCYP);§  Bangla sign language training for deaf children, youths, parents, peers and government primary school teachers;§  Training on gender, child rights, child protection, deafness, communication, parenting skills, daily living skills, community based ear screening, advocacy & campaign design, and leadership training under project initiatives;§  Linkage vocational training for deaf youths;§  Financial support for young deaf people for IGA;§  Parents’ group and deaf youth club formation;§  Early Child Development Centre (ECD) setup and operation;§  Home based education support to deaf children and youths;§  Improve inclusive environment at community and schools;§  Community awareness on gender, child rights, child protection and deafness;§  Community level event arrangement;