Our Mission & Vision
‘Identity Inclusion’ works towards creating a society that is inclusive of people with psycho-social disabilities. The focus on psycho-social disabilities as opposed to mental ‘illness’ is to acknowledge and address the pervasive stereotypes, attitudes and barriers faced by people suffering from mental health issues, learning/developmental disabilities, or conditions such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
We train undergraduate students on counselling skills, rights of people with mental illnesses and disabilities, powerplay, etc. through the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology of Dhaka University. In this way we are developing a cadre of social workers who have the knowledge tools and are equipped to make society more inclusive.
We try to empower people with psycho-social disability but also assist institutions to be inclusive, thereby capacitating institutions and society as a whole, as development of only the marginalized people will not help each other build a more inclusive community.
Psycho-social support includes all the services a person needs in order to lead a fulfilling and productive lifestyle. Our trained Psycho-social Supporters will assist individuals and their families to facilitate their participation in society.
Technology For Inclusion
We are partnering with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) and The Tech Academy to develop low-cost communication devices for people with cerebral palsy, a technology which is severely underdeveloped in Bangladesh.
Advocacy & Awareness
Bangladesh currently follows the Indian 1912 Lunacy Act of 1912, till date. We are actively pushing for the amendment and publication of the new Mental Health Act, alongside participating and hosting seminars to create awareness and instigate positive outcomes.
Our approach is unique as it’s trying not only to empower people with psycho-social disability but also ensuring institutions provide the facilities to cater to their needs, thereby capacitating institutions and society as a whole. Our training and workshops are sought by organizations to better develop their work environments and facilitate inclusion.
Founder and Project Director
Shamsin is an inclusion activist and a social entrepreneur who has been working in private sector development programs since 2011 with roles spanning the areas of disability and financial inclusion. Shamsin completed a Leadership in Mental Health System Development from the James P. Grant School of Public Health in 2013 and a Masters in Development Studies in 2014 under BRAC University. She founded the Identity Inclusion project in 2015, to break mental health stigma, promote community based services and social inclusion of people with mental health conditions, learning and developmental disabilities and even conditions such as Epilepsy. She was the only Bangladeshi selected to be a cocreator of the Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development in 2016, a publication developed in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted within the UN framework, among an international group of 34 development practitioners from 16 countries worldwide. She was also a member of the Global Shaper’s Dhaka hub which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, where she lead a project on disability inclusion called Odommo. Through this initiative she advocated and facilitated for public spaces to ensure disability accessibility of their buildings. On 23rd February 2017, Shamsin was acknowledged as one of the ten young change makers of Bangladesh, by the Daily Star Newspaper which is the largest circulating newspaper in Bangladesh, for her work on disability inclusion. Shamsin’s passion for working with psychosocial disability also stems from her close experience with her elder sister who struggled with Epilepsy and Schizophrenia.