Bangladesh

Donor: Crown Agents • Partner: University of Massachusetts Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion Timeframe: Feb. 2015 – May 2016 

Technical Assistance for a Situational Assessment of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Bangladesh and for Developing a National Strategy and Action Plan for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Bangladesh

IDP staff worked with the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion on the development of a national strategy to address individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in Bangladesh. The situational assessment phase of this program provided critical data to inform strategic plan development. Through the situational assessment, our researchers collected qualitative and quantitative data from individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders as well as their family members, service providers, and other stakeholders. In the development of the national strategy, our researchers considered Bangladesh’s National Health Policy, 7th Five Year Plan, National Social Protection Strategy, and other relevant policies. In addition, our researchers incorporated other international examples of health and education policy to address the needs of individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders in Bangladesh.

Project Highlights

  • Conducting a comprehensive current situational analysis of individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and relevant government initiatives in Bangladesh that resulted in the development of an inter-ministerial National Strategy and Action Plan for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Bangladesh