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Rights of disabled people be prioritised in society

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Staff Reporter :
Speakers at a programme on Sunday stressed the need for ensuring rights of the persons with disabilities to help them bring into the mainstream.
Without mainstreaming the physically challenged population with national development activities through taking care of their rights, sustainable national uplifts could not be attained, they said at a press conference at the National Press Club in the city.
The press briefing was organised by the Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI), a global humanitarian organisation, with a view to promoting rights of the disabled people in the country.  
"People with disability are as productive as a normal human being. They have right
to work and earn like all other members of the society. It is our vision to match those people with the job opportunities and enable equality rather than showing empathy," mentioned Country Coordinator of DRPI Dr Ferdousi Begum.
The Principal Investigator of DRPI, Professor Dr Marcia Rioux, and Managing Director of Bangladesh Protibandhi Kalyan Somity (BPKS) Abdus Sattar, among others, also at the briefing about the rights and placement of the disabled people of Bangladesh.
Dr. Ferdousi said, "Our goal is to eradicate the social prejudice that disable people are less productive and unemployable. They have equal rights to work, earn and contribute to the economic development of the country."
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Dr Marcia Rioux urged the concerned authorities to employ the disabled persons in different organization according to their skills and ability. She also laid emphasis on the proper adjustments of the workplace environment for the convenience of those people let them enable as productive human resources like other normal workers.
"We are matching skills with the existing opportunities of employment. Those disabled persons have proved them as productive as the normal one, in some cases they were better performers than the regular performers," claimed Rioux.
"Always the employers came back to me for more references to employ disabled people when they had observed higher productivity, regularity and sincerity of disabled employees. Though they became disabled accidentally but they pose knowledge, skills and ability to perform according to the job requirement and become asset for the organisation," Rioux affirmed.
"We are working for establishing rights of the workers who became disable in different incidents. Employers often think disable people are less efficient, employing them can reduce productivity," said Abdus Sattar.
"These misconceptions have to be ignored. Employers have to respect disabled people by providing employment. Business, industries can use the skills, knowledge and experiences that disabled person poses, it will ensure equality," Sattar suggested.     
DRPI is working globally to ensure rights of the disable persons under 'AWARE' project. The project is implemented in collaboration with York University of Canada and Global Affairs of Canada for ensuring jobs for the disabled persons.      

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