Saaya Association has organized a Seminar and a walk on International White Cane Day on 15th October, 2009 in collaboration with Islamabad Crescent Lions Club at Saaya office. The main purpose of the event was to sensitize the mass community regarding the use & importance of White Cane for people with visual impairments especially on safety movement issues. International White Cane Day promotes the white cane as a positive means of independence and mobility for people who are blind or have low vision. In order a colorful walk had been organized from Saaya office to F-10 markaz with so many placard and Posters rising with the hands of people with Visual impairments, holding a white cane delivered slogans demanding their safety movements on the road/ pathways and to ensure accessibility in the mainstream development fields attracting the attention of the city. A large numbers of the participants with different ages, people with visual impairments and their family members from the different corners of working areas participated in the walk. During walk students from different collages and participants also got experience usage of the white cane on the road.
After the successful walk, Seminar started from the Reciting of the Holy Quran by Mr. Azkream. The chief guest was the event Brig (R) Zafar Imtaiz secretary NESCOM. The other guests Speaker were Ms. Shazia President Islamabad Crescent Lion’s club, Mr. Khalid Naeem Past Director General Special Education. All the speakers briefly explained the day’s importance and emphasized on the rights and issues of the persons with visual impairments as a part of the society. The chief guest expressed as such that the safety movement of the people with visual impairments is not only a slogan, we need to take steps to execute in all spheres of the policies, opportunities and scopes as we have for all the inhabitants in the society. He also appreciated the effort of the Disabled Saaya Association for the disability movement in Pakistan.
Mr. Khalid Naeem highlighted about the issues that we should come forward in order to establish rights of VI persons and implement the policies for their betterment. He also highlighted and thanked for the initiatives taken by Saaya that they are doing for the Persons with Disability.
All the respectable guests in the seminar committed their supports and assistance to ensure the rights and scopes of easy and safety movement of the people with visual impairments from their part as per their capacity.
Mr. Asim Zafar President of Saaya Association highlighted about the issues of the use of white cane in order to safety movement of a blind person. He told that the whole program has been conducted by the efforts of Saaya Team. He also explained the goals, visions, missions and values of the organization. In the end with a lot of thanks and approval from the audience, the entire program formally ended.