Programmes and Activities
01. Accessible Information and Resource Sharing and Networking:
Mass People (Around 30,000 People)
CSID initiated the Internet based Disability Information Dissemination Network since 1999. Later the activities have been expanded from only disseminating information to creating access of Persons with Disabilities into main stream ICT. The focus of the program now is socio-economic development of persons with disabilities through creating access and using ICT. As yet over 5000 subscribers enlisted with the Network form all over the Globe. This network (e-mail format and website) is accessible for all. CSID also operating a Disability Resource Centre where thousands of different printed, audio-visual and Braille resource materials are available. Students, Academicians, Researchers, Professionals, Service Providers and Persons with Disabilities are visiting and using the resource centre free of cost. An accessible Cyber Café also has been established at the resource centre, where any persons with disabilities including blind persons can use internet free of cost.
University students using the Resource Centre
In Dhaka CSID is implementing 1 mentioned below project in this connection:
i) Accessible Internet-based Disability Information Dissemination Network (DID-N) and Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
Supported by: CSID
Major Objective: To improve Internet based DID Network in terms of its design, content,
diversification of information, accessibility features, interactive features and coverage etc. and
developed as more user friendly.
03. Community-Based Support Services:
a) Physical Rehabilitation
Coverage: Around 6000 children and adult with disabilities
Through conducting individual assessment we provide Therapy, Surgery and Aids & Appliances support to increase mobility, functional ability and communication skills so that the children can be independent and participate in education and other activities. In Sylhet and Keranigonj CSID implementing 3 projects in this connection:
i.) Improving education and health for deaf blind people in Bangladesh
Funded by: Sense International
The broad objective is to improve the lives of deaf blind children and include into the mainstream schools.
Accessibility in school Assistive Device
Assessment ADL training
ii) Promoting Rights and Dignity of Children with disabilities project in Sylhet City
Funded by: Manusher Jonno Foundation
Broad objective: To ensure Equal Rights and opportunities of
Children with Disabilities in Sylhet City”.
Project Location: Sylhet
Capacity Building Training Awareness meeting
Human Chain against violence Meeting with local government
iii. “COVID-19 Family Care Response” Project.
Supported by: Family for Every Child
The overall objective of the project is to provide food and psychosocial support to the children with disabilities in this COVID 19 situation.
Project Location: Dhaka
Coverage: Around 7000 children with disabilities
After taking care of increasing mobility, functional and communication ability and independency we try to bring them in education. There are huge and diverse barriers and challenges to include disabled children of marginalized families in education. We follow a comprehensive and diversified approach, which has been described in the photographs below:
Operating Inclusive Pre-School & extra curricular activities
Inclusion into mainstream schools
i. “Promoting Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities” Project.
The overall objective is: to create an enabling environment for children with disabilities in primary school in Bangladesh.
Project Location: Greater Mirpur, Dhaka
4) Vocational Skill Development and decent work placement
Coverage: Around 1700 youth and adult with disabilities
CSID implementing project for ensuring the employment rights of persons with disabilities. The major focus of the program is to creating an enabling environment for employment of persons with disabilities. The major activities includes- identifying the job seeker with disabilities, potential TVET institution, employers, micro-finance institutions and create database. Assess the needs to develop skill and provide Vocational and Technical Skill training including Soft Skill Training to persons with disabilities and then employ them in different organizations in Public and Private sector including engaging in Self-Employment activities. CSID implementing 3 projects for ensuring the employment rights of persons with disabilities:
The project developed formal partnership and collaboration with Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to employ persons with disabilities signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and also with some Vocational Training Institutions for training. Leading Banks & Microfinance Institutions also have been sensitized to provide credit support to disabled persons for initiating self-employment.
i. “Innovation to Inclusion” Project.
Supported by: Leonard Cheshire
The overall objective of the project is to create enabling environment, skill development and job placement of persons with disabilities.
Project Location: Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet
Garments training MoU with BGMEA
5. ICT based training and employment
Around 900 youth and adult with disabilities
The main vision of CSID’s ICT activities is to ensuring better life for Persons with Disabilities through creating access to information and Mainstream ICT services. CSID is the only organization in Bangladesh formally works for Persons with Disabilities with ICT Division under Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information. CSID has the formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICT Division, government of Bangladesh. In each year CSID and ICT Division have jointly organized Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities and National IT Competition for Youth with Disabilities. Under these initiative as yet 267 persons with disabilities has been employed in different sectors among total 451 persons with disabilities trained from Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) of ICT Division.
Again CSID has formal agreement with some big umbrella Organization. It has Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Association of Call Center & Outsourcing (BACCO), Cyber Café Association of Bangladesh (CCOAB). CSID has also MoU with private IT organization of My Outsourcing, Creative IT, MetroDesk, etc. To ensure the ICT based training and employment CSID is implementing the mentioned project in Bangladesh:
i. Computer training
for persons with disabilities.
Funded by: ICT Division
signing ceremony with BCC Training
Certificate distribution Job Fair
CSID is working to building the resilience of children with disabilities on different form of abuse. The program aims to enhance skills of children with disabilities to protect themselves against violence and to ensure their caregivers and other duty bearers have understanding to take action to detect, prevent, challenge, and respond to violence against the children.
Conducting resilience building training for children with disabilities following a structured manual. As a result of completing resilience building training it seems that those children have been empowered by getting information on their rights. Now they know the rights they have, they know types of violence and abuse and how to protect themselves from abuse. This training made them confident and improve their insight to see the real world where there is a risk to be abused by anyone anytime. Some of the qualitative changes are seen among children are as follows:
· Children now can express their dream about their future life.
· Children learnt about their body boundary. Children can differentiate now not only good touch and bad touch, but also can understand how someone is looking to them is it good or bad.
· Children with disabilities seems more confident and aware about their rights for example they wants a place where they can meet together regularly and can strengthen their groups.
· By participating in this training they could realize that they are not alone. There are many children with disabilities.
· Children learn that they have to be self depemdent and they try to do their daily living activities by their own after the training.
· Those who are not attending schools want to go to school.
· Those who are attending school can express their problems facing in schools.
· Through this trainig children became friends with each other and can share their thoughts, and feelings.
Along with the children with disabilities their parents and caregivers have been also empowered through the training program they learnt about the rights of their children with disabilities, how to take care of their children, child abuse and protection, positive discipline, self care and so on. For resilience building of children CSID implementing the below project:
i.) Inclusive Care and Protection project for children with disabilities and children affected by AIDS
Project Location: Sylhet
Funding by: Save the Children
Workshop for CABA Children Community Awareness meeting
Orientation on Protection Joint Program with CBCPC
II) Protection and Empowerment of children with disabilities through an Inclusive Approach
Project Location:Dhaka, Barisal and Bhola
Funded by: UNICEF
Resilience building training Washroom accessibility
Therapy services Child protection training to caregivers
IGA activities Orientation to the police
Coverage: Mass People
CSID advocates with policy makers, government and with community people to promote the rights of most disadvantaged people including the persons with disabilities. CSID’s policy advocacy initiatives with the national government and civil society for an inclusive environment, and for mainstreaming the persons with disabilities have gained wide recognition in the development community in Bangladesh and beyond. Not only for the people with disabilities CSID is also advocating ensuring the rights of Working children and working children with disabilities.
i. Time to Talk
Broad objective is:. Ensure that the views and suggestions of working children are heard.
Funded by : Kindernothilfe
Project Location: Barisal and Sylhet
Presentation Role play
Body Mapping session Presentation
ii. National and Global IT Competition for youth with disabilities.
Funded by: ICT Ministry
iii. Bangladesh association of employees with disabilities (BAED).
Funded by: CSID
This is the only
network of employed persons with disabilities who are working jointly with CSID
for ensuring the training and employment rights of persons with disabilities.
There are 21 members in General Body and 7 Executive Members in the Executive Committee.
Some success of CSID’s advocacy:
· Enrolled 1500 children with disabilities in schools.
· Employment of 1700 persons with disabilities
· Some new articles has been changed into the UNCRPD.
· Reformed the Disability Welfare act 2001.
· Favorable policy for Disabled students
· Participate the Children with disabilities to form the -Governments National Plan of Action
· Government appointment one focal person in each departments
· ICT ministry makes their computer training centre accessible for the persons with disabilities and providing computer training without cost.
· CSID worked to adopt Domestic Workers Protection and welfare policy 2015
· The concept of Child Budget has been included in the national budget.
· Divisional Child Labour Welfare Council of Dhaka city is functioning.
· Bangladesh Computer Council of BCC include a clause in their policy to include persons with disabilities into the mainstream training
- CSID is involved with the following National & International networks
|Name of the networks /alliances/platform||Type of representation||Duration|
|National networks /alliances/platform|
|Executive Committee on the Disability rights and
Protection Act 2013||Executive Member||Since September 2019|
|Bangladesh Shishu Odhikar Forum(Bangladesh Child
rights Forum)||General Member||Since 2016 |
|Child Rights Working group of National Human
Rights commission ||Working Member||Since 2014 |
|National Forum of
Organizations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) ||Founder, Past president and General Member||Since 1998 |
|Together with Working
Children (TWC) Network.||General Member||Since 2010 |
Governance Assembly (CRGA).||General Member||Since 2013 |
Alliance on SDGs in Bangladesh||General Member||Since 2017 |
|International Disability Alliance (IDA)||General Member||Since 2008 |
|Global Partnership for Disability and
Development (GPDD)||General Member||Since 2009 |
|Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF)||Past president and General Member||Since 2006 |
|International Council for Education of People
with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)||Country representative||Since 2006 |
|Rehabilitation International (RI)||General Member||Since 2008 |
|UN and UNESCAP ||Disability Expert ||Since 1998|
- Present Partners/donors:
ii) ICT Division, Government of Bangladesh
iii) Save the Children
iv) Leonard Cheshire
v) Manusher Jonno Foundation
vii) Family for Every Child
ix) Centre for Disability and Development(CDD)
x) STARS Foundation
Study/Research conducted as yet:
|Title of Researches ||In partnership with |
|1||The Situation Analysis on Disaster and
Disability Issues In the Coastal Belt of Bangladesh||Leonard Cheshire -2018|
Study on Budget Analysis by the Children - 2016
Process Document for Study: Initiative on
Child‐led Budget Analysis and Advocacy
|Save the Children – 2016|
|3||Employment Opportunities for Persons with
Disabilities in Bangladesh: A Study in the Ready Made Garment and
Leather Industry - 2016||GIZ, Bangladesh and CBM Bangladesh-2016|
|4||“National Budget Analysis and expenditure
tracking on Child Labour”||World Vision-2015|
|5||“Mapping, Assessment and Review the Laws and
Policies on Child Labour.”||World Vision-2015|
|6||“Visualising Invisible” A Baseline Study on
Situation of Home-Based Workers ||HomeNet South Asia - 2013 |
|7||Conducted study on “ National Budget Tracking in
Child related Ministries” ||Save the Children – 2012 |
|8||“Tales of Darkness” A Baseline Study on
Situation of Child Labour and Potential to be Child Labour among Children with
Disabilities. ||Save the Children – 2009 |
|9||Preparing a Directory On “Training
Opportunities, Programmes and Resource Persons Contact List in Education
Equity”. ||RDRS Bangladesh – 2007 |
|10||Conducted study on “National Database on various
Government Policies, Strategies, Laws, Programmes and Services With regards to
Education of Children with Disabilities from Equity point of view”. ||RDRS Bangladesh - 2006 |
|11||Participated in a World Bank Study
"Disability Mapping in Bangladesh" as partner. ||World Bank – 2004 |
|12||“Together In Education”- Promoting Education of
Children with Disabilities through BRAC Non-formal Education Approach ||B R A C - 2004 |
|13||Study on “The Situation and Prospect of the use
of Computer for Persons with Visual Impairment” ||Peace Corps- Fredskorpset, Norway - 2003 |
|14||Study on “Good Practice on Inclusive Education
in Bangladesh” ||UNICEF Regional Office South Asia- 2003 |
|15||Study on “Educating Children in difficult
circumstances- Children with Disabilities” ||Department of Primary and Mass Education,
Government of Bangladesh under ESTEEM project-
|16||Study on “Situation Analysis of Women and
Adolescent Girls with Disabilities of Bangladesh” ||Grameen Trust of Grameen Bank - 2002 |
|17||Research on “Existing situation and
opportunities of Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh” ||ActionAid Bangladesh - 2002 |
|18||Study on “Possibilities of integrating Street
Children with Disabilities in to mainstream development services” ||Save the Children Sweden -2000 |
|19||Study on “Situation Analysis and need assessment
of Street Children with Disabilities of Dhaka City” ||Save the Children Sweden- 1999 |
|20||Study on “Situation of Persons with Disability
at the time of Natural Disaster”. ||ActionAid Bangladesh- 1999 |