Adequate autism school and resource centers with all facilities for the treatment and therapies are essential for the development of the autistic children. In the world, about 1% children suffer from autism. We assume the figure would be more than that in our country, Bangladesh. But the sufficient number of good quality autism school and resource centers are not available in the country to accommodate the huge number of autistic children of the society. Most of the autism school does not have enough facilities for effective treatment and therapies. Moreover, the existing autism schools of the country are very expensive compared to the regular schools. As such a major percentage of the children with autism are deprived of the treatment, therapies and special education.
Recently, only few autism school and resource centers are established in the urban area by the government, NGOs and some autism-affected families. The name of the autism school and autism centers established in the different parts of the country are given below. This may be helpful for the parents of the autistic children.
Autism School and Resource Center
Advanced School for Special Children (ASSC) Address: 14/22 Babor Road, Mohammadpur Dhaka 1207 Phone:+8801819-199795, 01735501995 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. About ASSC: ASSC is a school deal with Autistic & other neuro related children age ranging from 2.5 years to 10 years. The teaching includes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and other scientific approach recommended by the specialist therapist. Different types of therapies like Speech therapy, Occupational therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, Physiotherapy are available here in one to one method. These therapies are applied by well trained, expert & experienced therapist.
Autistic Children Welfare Foundation (ACWF) Address: House no 74, Lane -3, Block – E, Mirpur-12, Dhaka -1216. Phone: +8802-8019238, +8801914403331/4. Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. About ACWF: The foundation is purely a non-profitable parent-run organization, established exclusively for the welfare of the autistic children. It has got a branch at Mirzapool, Muradpur, Chittagong. Phone: +8801819324579.
Beautiful Mind Address: Plot # 1145, Road # 6/A, Dolipara, Sector # 5, Uttara, Dhaka -1230. Phone: +88 02 891 7699 Email: email@example.com About Beautiful Mind: Beautiful Mind has modern –equipped physiotherapy, speech-therapy and occupational-therapy laboratories to support children’s clinical needs. It follows the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage but modified by school staff to meet the needs of pupils with Autism and Mental Retardation. It has got special approaches to teaching these special children, such as Verbal Prompt, TEACCH, PECS and ABA system are used to provide the individualized methodology for each special student.
Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) Address: House No#2/5, Road No#1, Shyamoli Dhaka 1207. Phone: 9140162, 9129423, 9124057 About DRRA: Empowerment of the destitute and person with disabilities with special attention to the women and children by reducing discrimination & uniting them for improving their social and economic status. So that targeted group can enjoy equal rights and a dignified life in the society.
Institute of Pediatric Neurodisorder & Autism (IPNA) School Address: 1st, 2nd and 6th floor, Block E, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Shahbag, Dhaka-1000 Phone: +88 02-9663485 About IPNA: IPNA wants to create a world where children with developmental disabilities and their parents can get their questions answered and their needs met in a caring environment.
PFDA Vocational Training Center Address: House # 291, Road# 19B, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka Phone: +88029833230, +88029833240, +8801751778308, +8801970089088 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org About PFDA: PFDA-Vocational Training Centre (VTC) is providing the learning opportunity and promotes methods to empower young adult persons with autism and neurological disabilities so that they utilize their potentials and take part in mainstream society and in cases, may obtain independence. The center provides comprehensive support for improving skill; enhancing life-skill and therapeutic support to pursue their rehabilitation in the mainstream society.
Proyash, Dhaka Address: Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka-1215. Phone:+8801711-735025 About Proyash: Proyash is a school of the physically and mentally disabled children of the country. It is a special institution where there are different schools for the children having vision/hearing disabilities, physical disability, intellectual disability, autism, and cerebral palsy. It has got inclusive English medium school and vocational school. There are effective therapy centers in Proyash. The main branch of Proyash is located in Dhaka Cantonment. There are other branches of Proyash which are located at different cantonment throughout the country. These are at Bogra, Comilla, Chittagong, Jessore, Rajshahi, Ramu, Rangpur, Savar & Sylhet Cantonment.
School for the Gifted Children Address @ Dhaka: Tauri Foundation, House – 6/9, Block-E, Lalmatia, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207. Phone : + 88-02-9142139, 01552348087, 017131736676/9. Address @ Rajshahi: 3367, Seroil , Rajshahi, Bangladesh Phone: +88-01710060322 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.taurifoundation.org.bd About Tauri Foundation: Tauri Foundation has two special schools for children with Autism & Differently Able and two Inclusive Schools. Tauri Foundation also has been conducting CBR program in the rural areas. This program has been providing home based therapy to rural physical disable children, assistive devices, home modification through constructing ramps & disability friendly toilets, livelihood support to the family of disabled children, creating awareness to address disability issues etc.
Society for Education and Inclusion of the Disabled (SEID) Address: Humayun Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. Phone: +8801730059555 About SEID: To increase access in Bangladesh to inclusive education for children with disabilities; reduce gender-based violence against girls with disabilities, and strengthen independent decision making in line with the CRPD. The organization is focused on the children with disabilities especially Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Intellectual Disability commonly known as neuro-developmental disability (NDD) and the Multiple Disabilities (MD) as well. SEID has its community-based therapy schools located in different areas of Dhaka City.
Society for the Welfare of the Autistic Children (SWAC) Address: 70/Ka, Pisciculture, Shyamoli, Dhaka-1207. Phone: +88 02 58150565, +88 01711-632861 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Website: http://www.autism-swacbd.org About SWAC: SWAC was formed on February 3, 2000, by a group of very enthusiastic and devoted parents of individuals with autism. The aim of SWAC is educating and training individuals with autism to develop to their fullest potential and improve the quality of their life. SWAC is a pioneer non-profit, non-government, non-political and voluntary organization. SWAC is operating a special need school called SWAC School for Autism which provides intensive individualized instruction to children with autism, targeting the broad range of educational, sensory, prevocational, vocational, behavioral, social, communication, daily living, cognitive and motor dysfunctions that affect them, in a single integrated setting. SWAC has a branch named ‘Center for Inspiration’ at Food Godown area, Tabalchari, Rangamati. Its phone number is +88 0258150565 and 01711632861.
Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled (SWID) Address: 4/A, Eskaton Garden, Dhaka-1000 Phone: +880-2-9334009, 9356592, 9350026 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org About SWID: SWID Bangladesh is a non-political, non-profitable and non-government organization working throughout the country. Objectives of the organization are development of social awareness regarding intellectual disability and do advocacy for establishing equal rights of the intellectually disabled; creation of provision for special education, inclusive education, vocational training, rehabilitation, counseling and other therapeutic services for the development of the intellectually disabled persons; conduct research and publication for the benefit of the intellectually disabled persons; and also development of manpower for working with the intellectually disabled. SWID has 85 School for the Intellectually Disabled throughout the country.
William & Mary Taylor Inclusive School Address at Savar: CRP-Chapain, CRP Road, Savar Address at Mirpur: Plot # A/5, Block # A, Mirpur # 14 Phone (CRP-Savar): +880-2-7745464/5 Phone (CRP-Mirpur): 8053662, 9025562, 9025563,01768152922 About CRP: CRP provides medical treatment, rehabilitation and support services focusing on physical, emotional, social, psychological and economic aspects. It promotes the development of skilled personnel in health care and rehabilitation in the country. CRP also raises awareness on disability issues nationally, regionally and internationally. They provide Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy.
Autism Bangladesh, Institute of Neuro Development & Research (INDR) Address: 52/1, Hasan Holdings, New Eskaton Road, Dhaka-1000. Phone:+8801931-405986
Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF). Address: House 38/40, Road 4, Block-Kha, Pisciculture Housing Society, Dhaka. Phone: 01552363575
Basundhara Special Children Foundation (BSCF) Address: Plot#402, Block-A, Basundhara Riverview Project, Hasnabad, South Keranigonj, Dhaka. Phone: 01735909091
Bogra Autism Care Center (BACC) Address: BACC, Jaleswaritola, Bogra, Phone: +8801556305801
Autism Resource Center at Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation, Dhaka
Autism & NDD Corner at Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation, Dhaka.
Special School for Children with Autism at Lalbag, Mirpur, Jatrabari & Uttara.
Special School for Children with Autism at Barisal, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet & Gaibandha.
Establishment of adequate autism school and resource centers by the government is essential to accommodate a large number of autistic children of the country. The rich people of the society also can come forward for the noble job. The autism school should have enough facilities for the treatment and therapies of the children. The therapies are to be made free of cost or very cheap. Both the rural and the urban areas are to be taken into consideration while establishing the autism school and resource center to make the autistic children self-dependent.
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