Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities 2015   Date: 25-29 October 2015   Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia   Organized by:     Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia And  Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (KSRPD)    Overview: The main purpose of the event was to create awareness on ICT use of persons with disabilities and discuss the national policies of ICT regarding disability on a regional and national level. Through the GITC, international society including each government has become shared the awareness that the influence of ICT on the life of the persons with disabilities are significant and thus finding the solution to resolve ICT accessibility.   In 2013, the event was organized jointly with UNESCAP in commemoration of the first year of the third Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013~2022) and last year, in 2014, the Organization Committee of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit decided to open the GITC as an associated event of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, and have the KSRPD organize the event.   Participation of Bangladesh: From Bangladesh four youth with disabilities who are the Program Participants of CSID-LRC project including the Programme Manager of CSID-LRC and the Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) participated in the 5 days event. The representatives from Brunei, Cambodia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka(13 countries) participated in the conference.  The youth with disabilities who had participated in the conference are the beneficiaries of LRC project.   There were about 300 participants including Ms.  Khofifah Indar Paraanasa, Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Jang Woo Kwon, Chief of the technical committee of Global IT, Yoo Myoung Hwa, Secretary General of KSRPD participated in the event. There was a presentation session on IT and Mr. Enamul Haque, Director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) presented the favourable Laws and policies of Bangladesh for persons with disabilities and the partnership among LRC project and BCC. As part of the event there were 2 individual competition on computer programming named e-Tool Challenge and e-Life Map Challenge. There was 2 group completion also named e-Design Challenge and e-Creative Challenge. Total 100 youth with disabilities participated in the individual and group competition. In the group competition they have declared one group in e-Design Challenge and 1 group in e-Creative Challenge as winner. In the 2 individual competitions they have selected 8 youth with disabilities as winner. One of the youth with physical disability from Bangladesh who is the Program Participants of CSID-LRC project has won the award on e life map challenge competition.  The name of the winner from Bangladesh is Md. Mahady Hasan and he is the student of CSE (Computer Science and Engineering). This program was one step ahead for the idea and challenge sharing among IT expert and youth with disabilities. The discussion and sharing of the participants will be helpful for future intervention in IT sector. In the end of the program the organizer declared the venue for the next Global IT Challenge conference and that is China. CSID_LRC project team decided to apply for the next program also.   CSID Received STARS Impact Award - 2011   It is our great pleasure to inform you that our organization the Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) won the “STARS Impact Award” under the theme of Education for the year 2011 within Asia-pacific Region. This is a prestigious International Award STARS Foundation providing to 3 organisations within Asia-Pacific and 3 within Africa-Middle east Region (one each for Protection, Education and Health Categories) each year as recognition of Good Work and Best Practices of Non- Government Organisations (NGOs) following a comprehensive and critical assessment process in three stages.   The STARS Foundation assessed a total of 318 applicant organizations from 16 countries of Asia-Pacific Region. Among them selected CSID as the recipient of the “STARS Impact Award” for the year 2011 in Education categories. We are proud of receiving the Award and like to express our hearty thanks and gratitude to STARS Foundation for their recognition.