Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC)

The Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC) was formed on February 3, 2000 by a group of very enthusiastic and devoted parents of individuals with autism. The aim of SWAC is educating and training individuals with autism to develop to their fullest potential and improve the quality of their live. SWAC is a pioneer non-profit, non-government, non-political and voluntary organization. It is registered with the Social Welfare Department under Societies Act of the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. Registration number is Dha-06127 dated 30.04. 2001. SWAC is also registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau; Bangladesh Registration number is 2354 dated 11.05. 2008.

An Executive Committee constituting mainly of parents of individuals with autism manages the society. The students’ fees, personal donations of members, parents, other generous individuals and organizations fund all activities of SWAC.

SWAC staff are very dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic. All are trained in Evidence Based Practices and methodologies such as ABA, DTT, PECS, Structured Teaching, Social Story, etc. A Psychologist, Occupational therapist, Speech and Language therapist and a supervisor work with a group of 51 teachers.

Besides the Special Education and Training Centre at Dhaka, SWAC is also operating a small school called the “Centre for Inspiration” for children with autism and other disabilities from underprivileged and indigenous community of Rangamati Hill District, Rangamati. Currently 15 students are getting special education, food, transportation, school uniform, medical allowance, etc without any fees.

SWAC also has a special section at Dhaka where 14 children autism and other disabilities are availing same facilities as “Centre for Inspiration”, Rangamati.