Pakistan is now establishing the new welfare organization in the country (South Asia Disability Forum) for the betterment of disabled people. This decision was taken on the occasion of Regional Leadership Conference for people with disabilities. The decision announced by the Federal Minister for social welfare and special education, British council, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), Telenor Pakistan and Sight Savers. These organizations were present during the occasion. More than 150 representatives with disabilities from the country and abroad participated in this event.
South Asia Disability forum:
The participants of the conference suggested that the, South Asia Disability Forum secretariat will be located in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. International NGO’S and other partner’s including the newly established organization SADF is expected to play a key role in the development of disabled people, this is its first priority. In this special occasion, the secretary for social welfare and special education also announced that we will increased special job quota from 2 to 3 percent. Which is reserved by the government for the disabled people.
Further Step Should be taken:
The participants has also indicated and urged to this point that there is growing concern of disability within the region and further step should taken into this regard. There is special arrangement in Europe and in United states for the development of disabled people. But unfortunately in south asia and in third world countries there is no disability awareness. The newly establish organization SADF is an excellent step towards disabled people development. So that people with disabilities are entitled to enjoy the same rights, privileges and other useful opportunities as other citizens.
The participants of the conference also indicated to the unsuitable terminologies which are used by the normal people of the local society against disabled people. The participants of the occasion has stressed that people must used and take appropriate words about disabled people. The participants stressed that the stakeholders should raise disability awareness in general public. The judicial system and administrative authorities must take serious measures in this regard. They also urged South Asian countries to focus on health, education and community involvement of disabled people to make them useful citizens and they also participate in the country’s social and economic progress and so that they lived in their local community with honor and dignity.