There are well-known and important debates about how inclusive policy ‘involve’, ‘engage’, ‘consult’, and (more recently) ‘co-produce’ policies, services and neighborhoods with local people especially who are out stream and in that case the disabled are mostly under exclusion. These debates can help us to think about the nature of the power of creative arts and relationships at play in our work, and the extent to which taking different approaches can lead to different outcomes for communities and the medium that service them. And of course whilst these debates are not new, they are constantly being revised and updated, taking place in new circumstances, led by new social actors with new priorities. So this study, leading towards South Asian Cities from the perspectives and case study of Bangladesh, should be seen as an innovative contribution, not only to how we create age and disable friendly places, but more generally to the relationship between researchers, creative media and local communities. Creative Media are facing challenging times, not least the large city authorities, who have faced significant budget reductions, often leading to hard-pressed departments finding it difficult to do what would appear instinctively right: to use a range of techniques to capture the views of different groups of differently able – people, when setting out on something as grand and ambitious as making arts differently able-friendly. This policy is against a background of consultation, which has tended to focus on what services to withdraw or reduce. for the greater benefits of differently able. However, despite these challenges the paper aims to see and overview the creative media sectors investing their time and energy in policy making and working alongside communities to mutual benefits for both the mainstream and out stream.
I opted for the theme 5, 8, and10 which is entitled with reduced inequalities in terms of race, religion, disabilities, class , caste and gender, and working opportunities
Ten percent of the total population of Bangladesh is known as differently able, often called People With Disabilities (PWDs) or disabled people. It is worth saying that, they are often treated with disregard, and so far they are the most vulnerable of the society. Yet their role in homes, places of work and communities is often underplayed. So the question should be raised that, what about the differently able people in the issue of Youth Employability related with accessibility in IT sectors. So the research proposal prepares the social mapping of how we can integrate and mainstream the out stream Differently Abled through accessibility in IT
Why Skill based income Generation Opportunities for Deaf Youth
The year 2013 was the time when the project was initiated entitled with “IT for Differently Able’ with a grant from the US Department of State and turned dream into reality. The project aims to pass on technological education and skills to people with disabilities. We do believe technology will give them a voice, help them connect with the world and become independent and our team was particularly concerned about that if we want to engage female in IT sector where they can work very easily being at home that can be one of the factors to motivate the parents as it will take time to engage them outwards and risk would be there not only being a woman but also as disable and we targeted at that point even though IT sector and ratio of Female engagement do have a vast and major gender gap in Bangladesh where female are not encouraged to be in technical sector in terms of study and employment whereas teaching and doctor is a common phenomenon.
The parents are really not hopeful about their children in terms of disability as well as they are not conscious and in most of the cases the systematic exclusion by state and society is not motivating them. The teachers are not that much motivating and the hardest part is that regarding employing them none is ready to take the risk being patient to face the challenges and do believe in their potentiality that “Yes They Can Do”.
The most severe problem we assessed that due to unfriendly transportation system and transportation most of the female are unable to join the classes and do continue their study being differently abled as society itself imposed it on them in terms of disability and I could hardly manage the gender equity and equality ratio in terms of training due to lack of this support as we could not provide any alternative transportation solution for them.
In most of the cases we did a campaign like phone to phone or you can say door to door as well as face to face by visiting the Institutions, talking to the parents and teachers and especially regarding female students we required to assure them the safety and security as we selected a mixed group.
Corporate social responsibility based organizations showed zero percent interest as we were struggling to manage a venue for training and the venue charge was high apart from the budget and most of the leading organization who are working for the rights of disabled community did not respond when we did urge them to select participants for training and in most of the cases they would directly ask us about how much is the conveyance and money for food and attendance which left us under uncertainty to initiate anything further.
The Initiative as Pilot Project:
The project which BRIDGE inaugurated funded and supported by ‘U.S State Department” under the entitled initiative of “AEIF” (Alumni Engagement Initiative Fund) in 2013.The project entered into the first phase which was started from 26 April 2014 and continued till December 2014. At present the BRIDGE team is consisted with 5 people for Friday and Saturday classes along with 5 advisors in the committee along with 4 trainers and 1 Interpreter. Internet Marketing, Wordpress. ,Graphics Design and English Speaking.
·To empower the disabled ( Which we literally use) but in this era we do consider them differently able
·To follow the inclusive policy for promoting the sign language users and the people who are physically disable
·To enrich them through the IT , i. e-Graphics, Internet Marketing and Wordpress
·To make them communicative in English
·To make them engage in self-employment
·To organize the social connectivity and networking
Future initiatives for people with disabilities in general
After our first initiative we are really enthusiastic for our future endeavors as very recently we participated in a workshop based on “Theater for Differently Abled” which is funded by British Council Bangladesh along with an expert from U.K, who herself is a deaf and also one of the organizers of London Paralympics. We are hopeful as the entire project is entitled with “A different Shakespeare” and all the actors and actresses are differently abled being deaf or physically immovable and it was neither a barrier nor limitation from being in performing arts in terms of being deaf and wheelchair users, losing any part of limbs but at the end being able to express in the way you are and this time the maximum participants were selected from BRIDGE foundation
We finished a boot camp based on ‘From Sign Language to C++” based on Programming for Differently Able and especially for deaf and the targeted group was around 14-18 with the help of two young, enthusiastic undergrads who worked as trainer on voluntary basis. BRIDGE foundation itself is consisted with all the youth volunteers and state department alumnus who are spirited for the community betterment; community based services, youth and civic engagement as well as future leaders of Green Earth campaign.
The special cases of physically disabled students who are less in number, as we expected that we would also be able to accommodate the wheelchair users along with the ramp but in the end they could not make it due to support from their parents and distance. Where we found we would have special session along with the guardian and parents to motivate, the female participation is required to be increased through consultation and to find out their feasibility ,and access in future.