Journey of Hope Report

On 8 May 2008, Aga Khan Council for Pakistan in consultation with the National Commission for Social Welfare of the Government of Pakistan filled a void regarding availability of realistic data on disabilities in Pakistan – and ‘Journey of Hope: A Report on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and the Way Forward’ was published.

Journey of Hope Report Cover Page

Main aims of the publication constitute:

  • Promotion of human rights
  • Recognition of differently-abled people
  • Support the organizations working towards the emancipation of people with special abilities.

‘Journey of Hope’ is a conglomeration of input from institutions working with all types of disabilities. It is a result of an extensive hardwork that recognized a lack of a cohesive platform for organizations (working for people with special abilities) to interact, exchange information and mutual assistance. Hence, the groundwork for development of a Network was set – announced a day after the ceremonial announcement of the report – the launch of NOWPDP on 9May 2008.

Aga Khan Council of Pakistan formed NOWPDP to apply the findings of the report, and to facilitate the growth of such organizations in reaching the objectives that define the ‘Journey of Hope’.

The report includes:

  • Classification and causes of disabilities
  •  Provincial breakdown of disabilities statistics to highlight the magnitude of the problem
  • Development of Special Education programs in Pakistan: evolution of disability program,  institutional arrangements, institutions according to disabilities, regional distribution of institution, student enrolment,  accessibility, teachers and their qualifications, available vocational training institutes, rehabilitation centres, etc.
  • Legislation and policy reforms
  • Major challenges and constraints
  • Proposed initiatives to address the challenges

Download: Journey of Hope report

At a Glance:

Published on: 8th May, 2008

Published by: Aga Khan Council for Pakistan

Aim:

  • Promote human rights
  • Recognition of differently-abled people
  • Support the organizations working towards the emancipation of people with special abilities.