Training is one of the most powerful tools for an individual to become an effective agent of change in both organizational and societal level.

Saaya’s mission is to empower persons with disabilities (PWDs) to become “Agents of Change” by promoting community-based inclusive development.

The main purpose of the training to train leaders with disabilities in the community to promote an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based community

Chef CBR Secretariat Islamabad has organized community based inclusive development training workshop in collaboration with Saaya Association supported by Sightsavers International on 3rd March, 2012 in Kalu Khan Village Swabi with the support of Sightsavers International. The 40 participants from different SHOs of Swabi participated actively.

The overall training objectives were:

1. To strengthen an existing/planned CBR program in rural area.

2. Become effective agents of change and facilitators in CBR activities and projects

3. Promote an inclusive development approach

4. Empowerment of PWDs and SHOs

The training components highlighted on new CBR Guidelines, launching by WHO in October 2010, on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; in addition, two principles are highlighted including self-advocacy (Empowerment) of persons with disabilities.

Community-based inclusive development (CBID) has its roots in Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) which is defined as “a strategy within general community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities and social inclusion of all people with disabilities.

The participants also learnt how CBR can implement through the combined efforts by people with disabilities themselves, their families, organizations and communities, health, education, vocational, social and other services.

Mr Asim Zafar shared with the participants that CBID is the goal or end result to be achieved, while CBR is the strategy to reach the goal. The aim here is to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of community life and have full access to all facilities and services. The twin track approach is often used: focusing on society to remove barriers that exclude persons with disabilities; and focusing on persons with disabilities to build their capacity and supporting them to promote their inclusion

The workshop topics which were also covered based on basic information like, about disability, Impairment and its types, the participants are also learnt about the individual issues of persons with disabilities and especially the response of society towards the person with disabilities. These topics meant to educate participants about the disabilities exist in our society, including the severity of the disabilities in order to create awareness and acceptance among our society for persons with disabilities to survive as an honorable individual without any dependence upon others as well as eliminate the factor of sympathetic attitude in society for person with disability., because the responses of the society towards the person with disability having strong influence, and CBID aimed to eliminate all these issues, and negative responses of the general mass and to provide a board insight about independent living among Persons with Disabilities just a non-disable person.

Two members of Saaya Association has shared their experience about disabilities, they said being a persons with disabilities we have two types of barriers in the society one is the physical barriers and second one is attitudinal barriers but for the inclusion of PWDs we should become agents of change. The participants more empowered by the role model through sharing experience. In the end certificate were also distributed among the participants.