Pakistan To Launch National Disability Policy
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 4, 2003
LAHORE, PAKISTAN--A National Policy for Persons with Disabilities will be unveiled this coming Saturday, June 7, the Ministry for Women's Development, Social Welfare and Special Education announced at a Tuesday press conference.
"The policy marks a departure from institutionalized services to a more comprehensive vision for the disabled," explained Brigadier Attiqur Rehman, managing director of the National Trust for the Disabled. He said the policy, which was approved by the government in November 2002, includes developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to reduce disabilities through prevention and early intervention, along with special education, communication and a focus on social inclusion at the community level.
Rehman said the idea is to move Pakistan away from its current "exclusionary and institutional" approach to disabilities.
The launching event will include the screening of a documentary about disabilities; the debut of a theme song by Jawad Ahmed; a magic show and puppet show to promote disability awareness; and an exhibition of arts and crafts created by children with disabilities.
After the federal secretary of the ministry gives a multi-media presentation of the policy, the event is scheduled to end with an interactive talk involving people who have disabilities that "have achieved great success."