Dr. Sultana S. Zaman

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Professor Emeritus Dr. Sultana S. Zaman was the Founder Chairman of the Department of Special Education of IER, University of Dhaka. She is a dedicated social worker, freedom fighter and a renowned academic. She was born in an eminent family in Chittagong. Dr. Zaman achieved her Masters in Psychology in 1967 from the University of Dhaka. She obtained her PhD in 1975 from the Amory University in the USA.

During 1971, Dr. Zaman and her whole family actively took part in the freedom fighting. Her Husband Bir Uttom Colonel Kazi Nuruzzaman was the Sector Commander at the sector 7 during the liberation war.

Dr. Zaman is a well-known philanthropic in Bangladesh and beyond. By conducting social services throughout her life Dr. Zaman tried to ensure inclusion of disadvantaged and marginalized population into different layers of society. In 1972, Dr. Zaman established a school titled “Deepshikha Vidyalaya” for disadvantaged children and women. She was the founder of the SWID Bangladesh, a well-known school for children with intellectual disabilities. In 1984, Dr. Zaman initiated the Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF). Through which she took various initiatives to ensure inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities into education, employment and society.

sultana-s-jaman-taking-awardStill BPF is successfully continuing its journey with reputation. In 1993, Dr. Sultana S. Zaman initiated the Department of Special Education at the Institute of Education and Research (IER) of University of Dhaka. This Department is now contributing in developing quality human resources for inclusive and special education sectors, generating new knowledge through conducting research on inclusive and special education. In addition, the Department is also providing consultancy services to the Government and NGOs in relation fsdjflsd

Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor

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This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. Valerie Ann Taylor was born on the 8th February 1944, in Bromley, Kent, UK to parents Marie and William Taylor. Valerie is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (FCSP) and first came to Bangladesh with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in 1969 to work as a physiotherapist in the Christian Hospital, Chandraghona in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. At that time Bangladesh was still known as East Pakistan. Her stay was interrupted by the War of Independence in 1971. During the war Valerie was evacuated but returned to the country in October 1971, two months before the creation of Bangladesh. Having grown up living close to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville in England, she was very aware of the need for rehabilitation services for the disabled in Bangladesh. In 1973 Valerie returned to England to attempt to raise funds to establish a rehabilitation centre for paralysed people. She stayed in England for two years before returning in 1975. It took another four years before CRP was able to admit its first patients in 1979. During this time, Valerie worked in the Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital in Dhaka and it was in the grounds of this hospital that CRP had its first premises, two cement store rooms which were used to treat the first spinally injured patients. Rather like gypsies, having moved to three locations during the first eleven years, CRP then found a permanent home and moved to Savar in mid-1990 where the head office fsdjflsd

Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury

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Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury – A Visionary Without Sight   Mr Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury is a visionary without sight, born on 15th November 1949. Following a sports related accident in his very early childhood in 1956, compounded with wrong medical procedures to treat the problem, he lost his sight completely by early adolescence.   He was the first ever student in the Rotary school for the blind established in Dhaka in 1957. Mr Chowdhury completed education from University of Dhaka with Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1974 and BA (Hons) in Political Science in 1972 respectively.   He started professional career in 1978 as the Executive Officer of the Bangladesh National Society for the Blind. He served 15 years in different organizations at home and USA to promote rights and services of the visually impaired people. Later, he is one of the founders of Impact Foundation Bangladesh in 1993 along with 4 other dedicated social workers to prevent avoidable disabilities, inspired and supported by Late Sir John Wilson CBE, Chairman, UK Impact Foundation. IFB operates two hospitals in Chuadanga and Meherpur, and the pioneering floating hospital - Jibon Tori. The Jibon Tori (boat of life) travels through rivers of Bangladesh to reach out to millions of rural people. This innovative initiative has given opportunity to provide modern medical services at the doorsteps of poorer community in riverine areas. Since 1993, while this has remained his primary job responsibility as Director of this Foundation, Mr. Monsur Chowdhury has also been involved in numerous other initiatives concerning the overall advancement of the disability development sector. His activism and work has taken him to almost 44 countries, and he has contributed in this sector most extensively.   Mr Chowdhury was also instrumental in establishing the National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) as National Network and Platform for Cross fsdjflsd

To Be Opened in Mid 2018

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This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh.This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. This is an honour for us to present the 2nd NAMI Award 2015 to a great personality, Social worker “Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor” who is the Founder & Coordinator of CRP for her contributions for the inclusion of people with special needs in Bangladesh. fsdjflsd