Cyber cafés now open to physically challenged

Cyber café across the country will be accessible for persons with disabilities for ensuring the rights of country’s 10 percent population to Information Communication Technology. To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among Cyber Café Owners Association of Bangladesh (CCOAB), Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) and Sightsavers yesterday.

Khandaker Jahurul Alam, Executive Director of CSID, Nazmul Karim Bhuiyan, President of CCOAB, and AFM Mayeen, Finance & Support Manager of Sightsavers, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations in a ceremony at Dhaka Reporters Unity. As per the MoU, CSID, CCOAB and Sightsavers will work jointly to make accessible the mainstream cyber cafés for the persons with disabilities, which is a vital demand for them.

The persons with disabilities can also use the mainstream cyber cafés at a minimum cost. Sources said, the facilities will pave the way for employment of the persons with disabilities. Addressing the occasion, the speakers termed the signing of MoU as an ‘epoch-making step’, saying that it would ensure the rights of disabled people. They called upon all to come forward to establish the rights of disabled people, who are part of our society. Md Dabirul Islam, Chairman on Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology and Md Hemayet Uddin Talukder, Chairman of Bangladesh Parjaton Corporation, among others, were present.

A number of disabled people were also present.

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