Bangladesh Society for the Change and Advocacy Nexus (B-SCAN) is women led non-profitable disabled people’s organization (DPO) has been working since 2009. It has started with an initiative of Sabrina Sultana a Muscular Dystrophy survivor as activists on 17th July, 2009 with an online group in Facebook. The initiative quickly gathered momentum and many joined hands from the civil society, professionals, development advocates, therapists, members of families having persons with disabilities etc. It is a voluntary organization which works mainly for networking & advocating the rights and to ensure the full active participation and empowerment of of persons with disabilities. B-SCAN also is working to establish the rights of education, employment, universal accessibility, transportation and social dignity of the people with disabilities as other citizens of Bangladesh in equal basis.
Bangladesh was the 91st State to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) on May, 2007, and the 8th UN Member State to ratify it. Lastly, on May, 2008, Bangladesh ratified the Optional Protocol of the UNCRPD to express its full commitment for the implication of the convention. Recently, Bangladesh government has passed “Persons with Disability Rights and Protection Act -2013” in light of UNCRPD. Unfortunately, the rights of persons with disabilities have been violating in a very different ways. Against the backdrop, B-SCAN wants to emerge as a savior to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities.