Nur-e-Jannat Chandni (center), a woman with visual disability, adds her thumbprint with the assistance of Shahida (R), BLAST's Barishal Unit Office Coordinator.

On November 19, 2019, at Barishal Deputy Commissioner's office, Nur-e-Jannat Chandni filed the fifth Section 36 application under the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act, 2013 (DRPA) to be assisted by USAID's Expanding Participation of People with Disability (EPD) program. Chandni filed her application with assistance from Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust's (BLAST) Barishal Unit Office, after being referred by Bangladesh Protibandhi Unnayan Sangstha (BPUS), one of seven EPD-supported disabled people's organizations (DPOs). BPUS learned of Chandni's complaint through its April 18, 2019 legal aid camp, which drew 130 participants.

Chandni filed her application immediately after BPUS's successful seminar with DRPA district committee members, including the Deputy Director of Social Services and the Deputy Civil Surgeon. The Deputy Commissioner, S.M. Aziur Rahman, presided over the seminar and representatives of BPUS, BLAST, and BlueLaw International, LLP educated the committee members about their responsibilities and powers under the DRPA, including their obligation to meet quarterly. At the meeting's close, after being reminded that the district committee had last convened in April 2019, the Deputy Commissioner set the date of the next meeting for December 4, 2019, and committed to convening the committee on a quarterly basis in the future, as required by the DRPA.