Stakeholders Workshop 2011

Goal

NOWPDP organized a ‘Stakeholders Workshop: Needs of the Disability Community’ on Thursday July 21, 2011 in collaboration with Gallup Pakistan. The workshop aimed to increase collaboration between organizations working for special abilities in Pakistan: companies, donor agencies, government representatives, and the media; and discuss persistent issues related to the targeted community.

Our Contribution

To support the aim, and achieve the objective of the workshop, 70 participants attended from all over Pakistan from which 45 were members of NOWPDP. Moreover, British Council, Unilever Pakistan, Telenor Pakistan, Habib Bank Ltd, P@SHA, Aman Foundation, Handicap International, French commercial and economic counsellor, Social Welfare Department Government of Sindh’s Deputy Director PCRDP and Assistant Deputy Director PCRDP partook in the Workshop as well.

The workshop consisted of an open-forum for discussion so that unrestricted flow of ideas could come forth regarding People with Disabilities (PWD) that not only highlighted the problems, but its causes and solutions as well. The workshop output that was released soon after indicates the success of the Workshop’s objectives.

Impact

Looking at current state of the PWDs in society, the causes, finding practical action points, initiating ownership of solutions, and forming partnerships for implementations, were based upon discussion along the lines of

  • Role of PWDs in society
  • Accessibility
  • Standard of education
  • Vocational training
  • Employment opportunities
  • Concentration of services and resources in urban areas
  • Identification of children with disabilities
  • Related appropriate care
  • Incidences of disability

The discussion proved fruitful as practical output from the group discussions came forth:

  • Special CNICs to be made all over Pakistan (Publication of a public brochure by NOWPDP with details of the procedure to obtain the Special CNIC), increased quota in employment and National Assemblies
  • Increased public awareness through practical means – street theatres to increase awareness and break disability stereotypes because lack of awareness leads to incorrect reporting of disabilities and, hence, incorrect data.
  • Establishing accessibility helpline comprised from different stakeholders where they submit concerns about physical and environmental accessibility.
  • Promoting inclusive education
  • Training for transition from academics to professional environment
  • Training of teachers and parents to increase awareness on disability
  • Designing a standardized curriculum by coordination of experts on different disabilities
  • Capabilities and vocational skills should be market competitive that companies want to employ PWDs.
  • One central directory with information about organizations working for PWDs

This event also launched the NOWPDP Disability Services Directory, which provides centralised information and can be edited by users. Following the discussion procedures; a panel of representatives of the companies, moderated by Shadab Fariduddin of Four Corners Group, donor agencies and government department put forward possible collaboration opportunities and answered various questions from the organizations working with PWDs.

Aaj TV, GEO, DAWN Paper, The News, Express News, DAWN News, Express Tribune, and the Business Recorder provided media coverage, along with them NOWPDP would like to acknowledge the support of the following organizations for their contributions in bringing the stakeholders on one platform:

Sponsors

  • Platinum Sponsor: Telenor Pakistan
  • Pak-Oman Investments
  • Liberty Mills
  • Safety Solutions
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Gilani Research Foundation
  • TCS
  • JS Bank

And special thanks to: Four Corners Group

Participating Member Organizations

  • Al-Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA)
  • Abbas Developement Foundation
  • Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Pakistan
  • Ahmer Social & Human Development Society
  • Al – Shifa Trust Special School and Center of Rehabilitation
  • Al- Batul Educational School
  • All Special Persons Welfare Association Khairpur Mirs
  • Awareness Voluntary Organization
  • Aziz Begum Memorial School
  • Bhitai Developement Organization Johi
  • Child Development Organization
  • Confident Disable Welfare Association
  • Disabled Welfare Association Karachi
  • Fakhr-e-Imdad Foundation
  • Family Educational Services Foundation
  • Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology
  • Government Shadab training Institute of special education
  • Ham Qadam Foundation
  • Handicap International
  • Hayat-e-Nau Rehabiltation Centre for disabled Children
  • Ida Rieu Welfare Association- School & College for Deaf and Blind
  • Inclusive Society Pakistan
  • Institute of Behavioral Psychology
  • International School of studies
  • Karachi Association for the Welfare of the Special Persons
  • Kiran Vocational Centre, Karachi
  • Madadgar Organisation Dadu
  • Mehran Special Education Centre for VHC, HIC, Mirpurkhas
  • Muscular Dystrophy Patient Welfare Association
  • Naya Jeevan
  • NGOs for the Development of Special Person (NDSP) Khairpur
  • Organization for Social Development Initiatives
  • PAF School of education for special Children, Base Korangi
  • PAF School of education for special Children , Base Faisal
  • Pakistan Association for Inclusive Education
  • Roshni (For special Children)
  • School for Special Education PAF Base Masroor
  • SCINOSA Day Home
  • Sindh Development Society (SDS)
  • Sindh Disabled Development Society Mehrabpur
  • Sindh Disabled Welfare Association
  • Special Education Complex, Govt Of Pakistan
  • Special Olympics Pakistan
  • The C.A.S. School
  • Umeed Special Academy

News

At a Glance:

Date: Thursday July 21, 2011

Attendees: 70 participants

Funding: Corporate sponsorships

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Partners:

  • Gallup Pakistan