The Centre for Services and Information on Disability

Country: Bangladesh
Founded: 1997
Website: csid-bd.com

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Supporting vulnerable children and reducing discrimination

The Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) helps support vulnerable children, with a special focus on children with disabilities.

CSID was established in Bangladesh in 1997 with the aim of reducing discrimination against marginalised people, and addressing barriers to accessing rights. On top of this, their mission includes creating a physical and socio-economic barrier-free environment, empowerment of marginalised people, and the promotion of opportunities and education access aimed at facilitating equal rights access and ensuring dignity for all.

Disability of carers and children is one of the common factors leading to children’s separation from families, one reason being that families trying to care for children with disabilities at home often receive no or minimal support. As a result, millions of children with disabilities remain in harmful institutional care and domestic adoption and fostering are options rarely open to children with disabilities. By addressing discrimination and addressing barriers to care, CSID help families stay together, and also brings strong expertise in these areas to the Family Alliance.

Approach

CSID follows an Inclusive, Community Based Rights and Participatory Approach to their work. They address cross-cutting issues within their work across child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, child budgeting, institutional and policy reform, access to skills and livelihoods, protection, anti-discrimination, advocacy, and research.

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