The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd 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 is to create maximum awareness among the students about the Disability issues.
Ms. Ayesha Rehman Secretary General of Saaya Association shared her experience. She said that women with disabilities are facing lot of problems and discrimination from the society. She also said that students and persons with disabilities can work together for the change in the society.
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 asked his parents that he want to study with non-disable children. He did it and started studies with non-disable children, after that his life changed and he gained more confidence however he faced much difficulty in movement. He thought that there is no need to change himself, only the system is need to be changed.
Mr. Asim Zafar president of Saaya Association, he welcomes to all participants. He said we are here with new courage. He introduced Disabled 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 can not climb on it. There fore, 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 positive role towards change the attitude of the society for the persons with disability.