Bangladesh – PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES : ‘Media should use correct terminology’

Professionals, experts and rights activists on Sunday urged the government to ensure that government and non-government offices and bus stoppages are made accessible to all citizens, including the people with disabilities.
From a closing session of a two-day long workshop for journalists on ‘Rights of disabled people and disability terminology’, speakers also urged the media to use ‘correct terminology’ while publishing reports on the issues of people with disabilities.
Bangladesh Prodibandi Kallyan Samity organised the training programme at its office at the capital. Founder and Executive Director of BPKS Abdus Sattar Dulal said the use of incorrect terminology in the media left people with disabilities shocked and humiliated. He said people with disabilities were not in need of kindness, they needed their rights.
Abdus Sattar, also president of National Alliance of Disabled Peoples Organisations, urged the government to make laws ensuring the rights of people with disabilities. Janipop chairman Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah said people with disabilities were capable of facing their own challenges and only needed adequate respect.
Among others, Dhaka University mass communication and journalism department chairman Mofizur Rahman, SA Television chief news editor M Saiful Huda and lawyer and human rights activist Mahabubul Alam were present at the programme.
Around 40 journalists for different media houses joined the programme.
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