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News Letter December - May 2018

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Celebrating Int’l Day Persons with Disabilities

The Physically-challenged Development Foundation-PDF celebrated the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017 on 4th December at the University of Dhaka . Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Prof Dr. Md. Akhtarruzaaman and other disability rights scholars and leaders spoke at the dialogue organized by PDF. As the part of our campaign "Sustainable and Resilience society for all" PDF Cultural team presented a wonderful program at the U.S. Embassy-Dhaka. The singer with disabilities performed and the event has went live from the Embassy Facebook page on December 2017.

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Ratna Biswas, University of Dhaka, Dept. of International Relation

PDF Scholarship “For me, It was a difficult situation just after enrolling here to manage everything for myself. My father was gone and mother was too sick to earn and support me. I did not know much people to record my study and manage writer to attend my exam. Later, I found PDF. I received a scholarship, got my books recorded from its Voice Bank and writers to participate my exam. Now, I’m confident on my career goals and very grateful to PDF team.” - Ratna

Smart Phone Distribution program The Physically-challenged Development Foundation (PDF) has distributed Smart Phone (Samsung Galaxy J2) among the Visually Impaired Students of the University of Dhaka. This initiative is designed and supported by the Young Power in Social Action (YPSA). A total 24 smart phone has been handed over aiming to accessing their education materials and easing their communication for a better life. Event date: 14th May 2018

Leadership workshop for the newly recruited Volunteers On April 28, 2018, PDF organized the "Leadership Training on Inclusive Society at the University of Dhaka aiming to develop leadership skills among the participants both students and students with disabilities (SWDs). Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Prof Dr Md. Akhtarruzaaman said, "Our real disabilities aren't physical, rather they lie in our thoughts and attitudes. We have to change our minds & actions for the betterment of the society". He also emphasized on to spread these social activities with disability issues among the whole part of society.

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PDF ECMY Initiative: Deaf people got job at Khazana Enhancing Capacity and Mainstreaming Youths with Disabilities (ECMY) is a graduation program to teach and promote 21st Century skills for youth with disabilities. Through this initiative, we ensure job for the trained youth with disabilities. On 15th May 2018, the Khazana Resturent & Lotus Etang recruited two persons with Hearing Impairment (Deaf). Photo: Mr. Sadequl Kabir, the Managing Director and Mizanur Rahman Kiron with the candidates.

PDF London College of Legal Studies LCLS (South) Branch initiatives

PDF LCLS (South) & Community Club jointly organized the Photo exhibition of the Country's leading painter Ibrahim.

PDF LCLS (South) & Community Club jointly celebrate Disability Service week in December 2017

PDF Rajshahi University unit moved one step ahead

PDF Rajshahi University unit recently achieved a tremendous advocacy result. It worked closely with the University authority to ensure enrolment of the student with disabilities. This year it has enrolled 52 students with disabilities. In April 2018 PDF RU unit organized a fresher reception where the Pro Vice-chancellor was present as the chief guest.

Congratulation PDF Visually Impaired Debate teams! Congratulations to PDF Visually Impaired Debate teams from the University of Dhaka for to win the first-ever National Debate for the Visually Impaired students, 2018. PDF Youth Net join at "Anti-Corruption Oath� event with Mr. ftekharuzzaman, the Executive Director of TIB at the central Shahid Miner

Mr. Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of Social Welfare of Bangladesh with ATN Bangla Chairman, Dr. Mahfuzur, Ananta Jalil is a Bangladeshi actor, director, producer, and businessman

PDF Jagannat University unite formed new committee

Campaign for Sustainable Development Goals

Strategic planning meeting at PDF JU unite

Innovation Adda at PDF Head Quarter

PDF sister concern “Volunteer Squad” App Volunteer Squad is the easiest platform for those who are searching for volunteers to help them with their project, event or organization and those who are willing to serve. Although this platform is open to everyone, there is a bigger goal behind launching this mobile application. The primary objective is to provide services to the persons with physical disabilities who needs special supports from fortunate people like us. Starting from working as an exam writer to the technicalities of handling a wheel chair, the PWD need various types of support and the volunteers need to be specially trained for that. Our skilled volunteers are always ready to help you anytime you need them.

Volunteer Squad

Advocacy and Partnership Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science at University of Toronto has showed interest in empowering the woman with disabilities through build technology to help them. IQAC at North South University in collaboration with PDF jointly organized a seminar to celebrate the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017’ on Thursday, 14th December at the Faculty lounge of NSU.

PDF and JU IBA Community club team designed and open small shop for Md Manir Hossain, a visually Impaired youth, at Jahangirnagar University

At A Glance

Physically-challenged Development Foundation (PDF) “PDF is a youth-led organization dedicated to change the lives of youth with disabilities in Bangladesh. We motivate them to change their way of thinking, to go from “impossible”, to “I’m possible”.

Our Mission Our mission is to empower the persons with disability against illiteracy, injustice, illness and poverty. Our interventions lie in building large scale positive academic and social programs where can they can fully realize, achieve and explore their true potentials.

Objectives Do policy advocacy & create social awareness on disability issue and to equal rights & equity based on UN CRPD

To create a skilled work force within the disabled community to achieve the Global Goals

To promote active citizenship, community service and volunteerism to create collaborative leaders

The Impossible Becomes Possible One of the major limitations of youths with disabilities is their frustration in life due to dependence on family, friends, and the overall society as a whole. They end up believing that for them, everything is impossible. If we as a society can rise up and motivate our physically-challenged population, it will be possible for them to take leading roles in different sectors of our community, thus shattering any misconceptions of ‘impossibility’ and making their dreams possible.

What else we do …

Disabled Cricket Team

Barcia Bernicat, the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh and Vice-captain of the Bangladesh National cricketer team, Mahmudullah Riyad visit PDF sports teams

PDF Summer Challenge It is 45-day long incubation program where we trained the participants, how to develop a project idea to solve the social problems, How to raised fund in smart way and implement the project in an innovative way. Under a mentor from PDF, they conclude the project and recognised the best project at end of the competition. For details:

Voice Bank to provide recorded study materials among the visually Impaired students

Admission Camp is to ensure the enrolment of the students with disabilities, at the Universities. I’m Ratna Biswas, currently studying at the University of Dhaka. My Major is International Relation and career goals is to become a teacher & researcher at the University I’m studying. However, It was a difficult situation for me just after enrolling here to manage everything for myself. My father was gone and mother was too sick to earn and support me. I did not know people very much to record my study and manager writer to attend my exam. Later, I found PDF, receiving a scholarship, got record my books from its Vice Bank and writers to participate my exam. Now, I’m confident on my career goals and very grateful to PDF team.

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