RIAND is a 7(seven) storied commercial building with 13000 sft. floor space, each floor 1900 sft, centralized air condition, CCTV monitoring, Generator support, Hydrotherapy unit, sensory snooze room, sensory play ground , sensory garden, space for indoor game, computer for vocational, Individual unit for therapy, one floor for residential service for remote area affected people .
Bangladesh is an over populated country. About 16 million peoples live in Bangladesh. Now child disability is a major issue in Bangladesh. A study in Bangladesh reported that about 2.6 million children with disabilities in Bangladesh, less than 1,500 have access to an education in special schools sponsored by the Government of Bangladesh (Ministry of Social Welfare). Of those who do have access to day or residential programs in the special schools, only children with selected disabilities (hearing, vision, and intellectual disabilities) are served. It is reported that children with intellectual disabilities and those with physical handicaps have been the most marginalized and neglected. Children with these and other disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities have access to an education in special school and inclusive school, it is provided by NGOs, many started and sustained with international donor support. Some are started privately as a business. More than 40,000 NGOs in Bangladesh. Approximately 400 NGOs claim to be working in the area of disability. The major NGOs in the area of education for children with disabilities in Bangladesh are the Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) in Savar, the Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) for the intellectually disabled and the multiply disabled, the Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled Bangladesh (SWIDB); HI-CARE and the Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC) for the hearing impaired and for children with autism spectrum disorders, the Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF).
In Dhaka city there have some special schools. They receive high amount admission and monthly charge but they cannot provide proper services to meet their needs. Because there has lack of resources to serve these children with disabilities such as qualified and trained teachers, proper therapeutic services, creative and cultural activity, vocational activity, teaching materials and assistive technology, suitable environment to treat these child, providing update treatment based on research are additional daunting barriers to their education.
Noticing and analyzing this critical situation for children with disability in Bangladesh, recently we have established an organization “Research Institute of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research Trust (RIAND)” initiates to take challenges for providing appropriate services to follow others developed countries service system for children with disability.