About Turning Point Foundation
Turning Point Foundation is a non-government organization (NGO) in Bangladesh led by persons with disabilities, which is an independent and non-profit organization, with no religious or political affiliation. TurningPoint is working on major two areas: Capacity Building and Advocacy to promote human rights of marginalized people i.e. persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged people and promote ‘Inclusion’ as an inbuilt mechanism in all programs and activities.
The organization is also well-recognized as a Disabled Peoples Organization (DPO) for active participation, leadership and professional engagement of persons with disabilities at its all level as well as for its far-reaching role in the rights movement of persons with disabilities and their organizations. Based on accomplishment and learning, TurningPoint has emerged to other development issues aiming at ‘Leaving no one behind’.
The organization has been named as ‘TurningPoint’ from a core believe “when life is in difficulties and disappointment – still there is scope to have a turn towards light of hope”. Disability or any difficulty in our life is not to give up hope; rather it is a challenge, a vocation and a commitment of life to overcome all odds and barriers. Our slogan is ‘Let’s enlighten ourselves with the light of hope, overcoming all obstructions of life’.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), TurningPoint has six focus areas: i) Disability; 2) Information and Communication Technology (ICT); 3) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR); 4) Inclusive Education; 5) Poverty reduction; and 6) Climate change.
Six Focus Areas
Capacity building and technical support for inclusion of persons with disabilities. Capacity development of DPOs and CBOs in organizational development, project cycle management, administration, human resource, financial management, Human Rights, Gender and other related issues to attain their independence and sustainability.
Promote accessible and affordable Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) for all. Skill development and entrepreneurship development. Advocacy and collaboration for generating employment of youths in freelancing and outsourcing in online and local job markets. Initiate digital platforms for grassroots DPOs and CBOs.
Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups, especially of the women and girls with disabilities. Policy advocacy, collaborating with the government and non-government initiatives and knowledge platforms to promote inclusion and diversity in their initiatives.
Promoting Inclusive Education for the children with disabilities, especially of children with neuro-developmental disabilities i.e. autistic, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. Support to DPOs, Independent Living Centers (ILCs) and other institutions for their initiatives for Early Childhood Development (ECD) and inclusive education.
Poverty Reduction and socio-economic empowerment of persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups. Advocacy and partnership to promote men- women relationship, gender equity and diversity. Support DPOs in their income generating activities for for their sustainability and independence.
Advocacy and collaboration with government and mainstreaming organizations to ensure inclusion and diversity in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Raise awareness of grassroots DPOs and CBOs about their perception, participation and collective action in the movement of Global Climate Change.