This document was prepared through a joint collaboration between NGDO, NCDW and BLAST. BLAST, as a national NGO working on legal protection and access to justice for the poor and marginalized, provided technical assistance related to the FGDs, survey and finally the full drafting of the report (compilation of the data, legal analysis in light of the report findings and the designing of the document) while   NGDO and NCDW, both being disabled people’s organizations and working directly with people with disabilities across the country, led the whole process by conducting the FGDs and survey across seven districts of Bangladesh.

This report is the result of the extensive coordination and compilation of findings by Alal Mondol, Project Coordinator, NGDO, Moshtaq Ahmed, Project Manager from NCDW and Barrister Nawmi Naz Chowdhury from  BLAST. Nawmi Naz Chowdhury, Project Coordinator, BLAST prepared the first Bangla draft of the report with Advocate Rejaul Karim Siddiqui, Senior Researcher, BLAST while the English version was done in collaboration with Barrister Arafat Hossain Khan, Consultant BLAST which were edited by Sara Hossain, Honorary Executive Director of BLAST.   Special thanks are  due for their contributions and comments to the experts who have participated as resource persons in the consultations held to prepare this report:  Rejaul Karim Siddiqui, Advocate, Supreme Court, and Senior Researcher at BLAST (who also led much of the primary research) and Khondoker Shahriar Shakir, Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court, and Panel Lawyer of BLAST. We also thank Arafat Hosen Khan, Barrister and Consultant for his input to the draft.

We acknowledge Mohammad Mostafa Zamil, Deputy Director, (Programme) BLAST for his invaluable support in coordination between partner organizations, and to Rafiqul Islam and Mubinul Mulk for their IT related assistance from time to time. Invaluable comments were received from various persons with disabilities who gave their valuable time in participating in the FGDs held across seven districts of Bangladesh.  We thank Mamun Rashid, Nahid Hasan, Research Associate, Fahim S. Chowdhury, Quantitative Analyst from Development  Research Initiative (DRI) for analyzing and processing the data collected from the surveys conducted across the seven districts.

We are very grateful to the experts and practitioners who reviewed drafts of the report, and to our Advisory Committee Members namely Advocate Nayeem Ahmed,  Bangladesh Supreme Court, Dr. Nafisur Rahman,  Director, NFODW, Mahuya Paul,  Director, Resource Mobilization, Access Bangladesh,Dr. Anissuzaman, Khondoker Johurul Alam,  Executive Director, CSID, Faustina Pereira ,  BRAC, Vashkar Bhattacharjee, YPSA, Chittagong, Ashrafun Nahar Misty, Executive Director, WDDF, Zed Ali, DPO leader, Kushtia, Aziz Ahmed Rumel and Monitoring Officer, ADD for their invaluable feedback on the report. We also wish to thank Steve Estey, his team and the participants at a discussion organized by Djenana Jalovcic, MPA, MSc, Director, ICACBR, Queen’s University at the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP), Savar, Dhaka, for their inputs to this report.

Finally, we thank the Disability Rights Fund, Hezzy Smith, Consultant, Lisa Adams, Program Director and Paul Deany, Programme Officer, for their supporting our collaboration in producing this shadow report and for their helpful guidance throughout the process.

Dhaka, 15 February 2015

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