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House # 59, 5th Floor, Road # 05, Sector # 13, Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Hot Line: +8801715077055, +8801757737700, +8801919737700
Email:  chairman@maneeshabd.com

Counseling & Emergency Support

Bangladesh is a low-lying, densely populated country which is regularly subject to natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, cold spells, river erosion and earthquakes. It is well-established that people with disabilities are disproportionately affected in natural disasters and emergency situations, both in the acute relief and post-acute reconstruction phases of this situation. We are often excluded from emergency relief planning and have difficulty accessing mainstream relief services due to the nature of their disability. Their specific needs and requirements are often not taken into account in the relief or reconstruction response. It is for this reason that there need specialized assistance in both phases after an emergency or natural disaster. Well-planned and prompt relief and rehabilitation programs can rescue thousands of disable people during and after an emergency, and help them to rebuild their lives and recover their livelihood activities so that they do not slip further into poverty.

MANEESHA as a human organization working with disabled people in areas that are affected by natural disasters is optimally placed to provide specialized and targeted assistance to the emergency’s acute and reconstruction phases.
With this reality, MANEESHA responds to emergencies and disasters that occur in the country, providing necessary supports for immediate survival and post-acute rehabilitation alongside the interventions already being carried out in these areas.

URECA Autistic Child Care Center

Since 1990, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act have required that states provide appropriate early intervention and special education to children with disabilities. However, little research has investigated what types of preschool placements are best for children with Autism.

What’s New:  A study published in the journal Autism investigated the differences in outcomes when autistic children were placed in preschools serving only children with in preschools educating children with a variety of disabilities, or in preschools including children with Autism alongside those with typical development. Some Autistic children studied in MANEESHA’s educational wing of URECA School. We established `URECA Autistic Child Care Center’ for attended inclusive preschools--where they learned alongside children with typical development--showed greater improvement on cognitive test scores than those attending non-inclusive preschools.

Why it’s important: Among those children attending inclusive `URECA Autistic Child Care Center’, those with the most severe social and behavioral deficits but at least baseline communicative skills experienced the greatest improvement.

Free Therapy Services

In Bangladesh, a shortage of trained therapists outside of Dhaka city means that the majority of the population is unable to access therapy services. The cost of therapy is also prohibitive for most People with Disabilities and there is limited awareness of the role therapy can play to help in improving their quality of life and independence. Grassroots Therapy Provider Training is therefore offered by MANEESHA to help to meet the basic needs of people with disabilities and others at the grassroots level. Training and follow-up is provided to the Therapy Providers by qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists working in MANEESHA.

By training members of local communities in basic therapy, disabled people and others in villages can access therapy services at low cost. Providing therapy training and services at the local level also raises community awareness about this type of health service. This means that many patients who would not have otherwise known of therapy treatments can benefit from this service and go on to realize their potential in all aspects of their life.

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Home Service for Disable Person

“MANEESHA” will help pay for services provided to the Disable person so that he/she can remain safely in their own home. There are no age constraints for the eligibilities. Blind or any age of physically challenged person, disabled children are also potentially eligible for this program. “MANEESHA” is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. The program allows qualified individuals to remain in a home or community-based setting as an alternative to nursing facility care or other institutional care. We are assuring escorted Transportation - This is offered for the frail beneficiary and may be used to facilitate trips to the doctor and other activities when the participant has no other means of transport.

Variety of services which can be authorized through our especial care unit such as meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.

Providing disabilities assistive devices

Assistive devices are important for people with disabilities to facilitate their independence. Providing people with disabilities with assistive devices is one of the first steps to enable them to contribute to their family, community and the development process.

The assistive device needs for the implementation area are assessed, with appropriate assistive devices provided to those who need them. We are also provided with training on use and maintenance of the devices..

MANEESHA recognizes the importance of providing accessible and affordable devices and runs an Assistive Device. We shall produce different types of assistive devices, mobility aids and adaptive materials. Prices are set to ensure they are affordable at the grassroots level, and devices are made to individual specifications.

Income Generating Program

“MANEESHA” is providing people with disabilities with support to establish income generating activities is one of the most significant ways to enable people with disabilities to earn for themselves and to contribute to their family, become independent and gain confidence.

Information from MANEESHA baseline surveys of various districts around Bangladesh indicates that over 50% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Employment levels are comparatively low as a result of discrimination towards people with disabilities in the employment sector, together with a lack of access to the sector, a lack of understanding by others regarding capacity and lower education levels. Most people with disabilities who are employed are involved in income generating activities. - That is, they are self-employed.

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