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Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee GAATES’ 2nd Vice President

prime-minister-sheikh-hasina-gives-certificate_crest-to-vashkar-bhattacharjee-2016-12-03-v2-webGAATES is pleased to share that Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee GAATES’ 2nd Vice President, was recently presented with an award by the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh. This award is in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of disability and development, for his work in the field of developing disability inclusive ICTs and making digital talking books available for persons with disabilities. This work was especially recognized for the contributions it will make towards positively supporting Bangladesh in achieving targets of the Social Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The award was presented on December 3, 2016 as part of a programme marking the 25th International Day of Person with Disabilities and Bangladesh’s 18th National Disability Day. The programme organized by The Ministry of Social Welfare, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, at was held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

About Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee

Vashkar Bhattacharjee is a person with a vision disability, and is working as a Program Manager of Young Power in Social Action (YPSA).  He is one of the founders of Federation of DPO’s Sitakund and he serves as focal person for DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) in Bangladesh. He is the Bangladesh focal person for TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the Accessible Books Consortium in Bangladesh. He is also working as a national consultant in developing web accessibility with the Access to Information (A2I) Program under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office. He is the 2nd Vice President and Country Representative to Bangladesh, for the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). He completed his M.A at the University of Chittagong and attended Duskin Leadership Training in Japan.

He has specialization in issues of disability and development, disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR), ICTs for development, e-Accessibility and Information accessibility for persons with disability. He is the founder of Chittagong Computerized Braille production Centre and ICT and Resource Centre on Disability. He is actively involved with a number of local, national and international agencies ranging from Bangladesh Visual Impaired Society to APCD Foundation in Thailand. He is also a regular author of National ICT publications like The Monthly Computer Jagat etc. Furthermore, he is a renowned disability training specialist, resource and speaker who regularly contributes these skills at national and international platforms.

Vashkar is based in Chittagong, Bangladesh.  He can be reached at vashkar79@hotmail.com and/or  vashkar79@gmail.com or via Tel +8801718345035.

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