Saturday, 25th February 2017: Special Education Department, Government of Sindh, in collaboration with a network of disability organizations, including KVTC and NOWPDP, hosted the ‘Abilities Expo 2017’ to provide a comprehensive platform for persons with disabilities (PWDs). NOWPDP facilitated and supported the Job Fair of the Expo in which 10 private organizations/aspiring equal opportunity employers from various industrial sectors participated, including Jubilee General Insurance, Automobile Corporation of Pakistan (Autocom), Hashwani Group, Charter for Compassion, Soorty Enterprises, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Liberty Mills Limited and Careem Pakistan.
“The job fair is part of our efforts to achieve an empowered and educated national dialogue on disability and we rekindle the hope that 2017 ushers in an aware, inclusive, accepting and peaceful Pakistan – for all”, remarked Omair Ahmad – Director NOWPDP. Participating organizations were provided a printed and verbal comprehensive guide on how to interact with persons with disabilities for job opportunities and were also given suggestions for job roles suited for persons with different impairments. Sign language interpreters were also arranged to facilitate interaction with persons with hearing/speech impairment.
While NOWPDP facilitated the aspiring equal opportunity employers on one end, it also had its own stall where its team was registering persons with disabilities for training and employment opportunities at its newly launched e-portal (www.nowpdp.org/registration). Mr. Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh and Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani, Secretary – Special Education Department, Government of Sindh also visited the Job Fair and NOWPDP’s stall and appreciated the efforts put it by the teams.
In the words of a person with disability who visited the job fair supported by NOWPDP, “If this platform keeps growing every year, it will allow persons with disabilities to come forth and break barriers between themselves and their peers without disabilities.”
NOWPDP looks forward to facilitating and supporting similar platforms, as it envisions and works towards the creation of an inclusive society built on empathy, action and social justice.