According to World Disability Report issued by WHO and World Bank, one billion people or15 percent of the world’s population, experience some form of disability.Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socio-economic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health outcomes, less employment and higher poverty rates.
Saaya Association (Organization of Disabled Persons) is registered and cross disability association, which supports people with disabilities (PWDs),enabling them to realize their full potential through new opportunities,personal choice, and community involvement. The association is working for improving the ultimate status with dignity of people with disabilities. Saaya is focused on Independent Living, Inclusive education, Barrier Free &Right-Based society and access to Justice.
People with disabilities are still finding it hard to accept their disability; as a result they are not been able to play much constructive role in the society. Saaya association intends to bring such people out of their shell of misery into the mainstream life. The 15% of the total population of Pakistan comprises of disabled people, their lives are handicapped by physical and social barriers.
One of our objectives is to bring these people out of isolation so that they become an active member of the society. To achieve this objective Saaya started a chain of Independent living training that includes person with disabilities, women,children, parents, Students and community to sensitize them about the basic concept of disability.
Saaya Center for Independent living center conducted Monthly Awareness Session on understanding of Disability at Saaya Office Islamabad on 26th September 2018 with the support of HANDS Pakistan under the umbrella of CBID Network.
There were round about 25 participants, Persons with disabilities, women with disabilities, volunteers, and Community Mobilizers and local community attend the training.
The training was started by the recitation of few verses of HOLY QURAN by Mr. Mansoor (Member of Saaya).
After that Mr. Kamran Khan (Program Manager Saaya) get introduction of participants.Participants include newly Persons with Disabilities, women with disabilities and students from Fatima Jinnah women University Islamabad (FJU) and local community member’s.
Mr.Kamran gave the brief Introduction of Saaya independent living center. He said that saaya association focus on independent living of person with disabilities and conduct these types of sessions for new person with disabilities and local community.Through this the person with disabilities got motivation and empowerment when they saw other person with disabilities who are contributing and serving in society and living with dignity in humanity.
MsSaima Aslam (Program Manager Women with disabilities Saaya) explains comprehensively the real concept of disability and different kinds of Disabilities such as Physical, Intellectual, Learning, Hearing and Visually impairment and also explain their causes and differences. She said when a person lives with disabilities;she or he lives a different and unique life. The way to live life is different but the life is same for all, we have to just learn the management of living with disabilities.
She also discussed how the life of person with disabilities changes with the passage of time. She added, whatever disability you have it never stops you from socializing. She described the role of Person with disabilities in development sector, what their current situation is and how these Persons can overcome hurdles and barriers in their lives. The main purpose of this session was to create awareness on comprehensive level about the issues that a Person with Disabilities has to face in their daily life and how they overcome them and accept their disability.
Afterher session Mr. Ansar (Coordinator Spinal cord Injury) explain his personal experience before and after his disability. He said I am totally stucked in myhome and disliked my disability but when I came to Saaya CIL I knew the real meaning of life, I own and love myself. He said it’s a good effort to have training and session like this for newly person with disabilities who never attend sessions regarding disability so it’s a better opportunity for them to understand their disability in new way. We are sharing experiences, even we may not celebrate it with our own family in such a way. We are fewer but if we join hands, we can bring more People with Disabilities on the same plat form and we can get opportunity to learn from the experiences of each other.
At theend Mr. Asim Zafar CEO of SAAYA Association gave closing remarks by highlighting the fact that life experiences cannot be shown in books. We should make our life simple and peaceful by adopting the true teachings of Islam. Apart from facilitating our own life we should also work for humanity. If you want others to care about you, first you have to care for yourself. We shouldn’t ignore the need of making ways for our next generation, so that they cannot see the problems and hurdles which we are facing now. He briefly described the individual and social issues faced by person with disabilities, He said that Issue only comes when you don’t have acceptance of your strengths and weaknesses whether you are a person with or without disabilities.
At the end he thanks all the participants and acknowledges Saaya Team to conduct this training.
Refreshment were s served to all participants after t raining.