DISABILITY AWARENESS SEMINAR

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues, the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The Day provides an opportunity to mobilize action to achieve the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Program of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982. Saaya Association has organized series of seminars on the 3rd December International Day of Disabled Persons in Preston University & girls collage G-10/4 Islamabad. The main purpose of these seminars to create maximum awareness among the students about the Disability issues Mr. Azkream information secretary of Saaya Association, He explained that disability is nothing only a society made a person disable he also shared his personal experiences he told when he was in special institution, He did not know how can he walk on the road with white cane, How can he bought his ticket for travel. He talked with his parents that he wanted to study with non-disable children. He did it and started studies with non-disable children, after that his life changed and he gains more confidence however he faced much difficulty in movement. He thought that there is no need to change himself, only the system would be changed Mr. Asim Zafar president of Saaya Association, he welcomes to all participants. He said we are here with new courage. He introduced Saaya Association, also told the history of it, he said it is the name of the movement and courage, a name of thought, where persons with disabilities can finds the solutions of their problems, we believe in working and then making progress. We want to get education, not only special education also in other institutions because we are the part of this society. Mobility is the basic problem of disabled, they are kept their homes unwillingly and even they expired. If any person is user of wheelchair and he doesn’t have wheel chair, so ever he can’t get education, job and also can’t involve him in social activities and creativity. He further explained that if we built only a wall and not constructed the stairs then non-disable people also faced difficulty in movement because they cannot climb on it. Therefore, it is necessary that the system must be change according the need of Disabled persons. Then the disabled persons could be continued their routine work any difficulty and in happy mood. The other guest speaker encouraged to all students and the Saaya team. They appreciated the way of working of Saaya Association .The principle of the girl’s collage of G-10/4 promised that we will make accessible toilets and ramps in our School; she also realized that student also can play.