Create A More Caring Pakistan for People with Special Needs
Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
We will take a rights-based approach to provide the necessary resources and infrastructure to diagnose, facilitate/assist and integrate differently-abled persons into mainstream society.
An estimated 10 percent of the population of Pakistan has a disability. Despite this, public spending and infrastructure for rehabilitation and inclusion of persons with disabilities is limited. Pakistan has one of the worst population to occupational and physical therapist ratios globally, which reflects on the neglect the sector has faced. The 2% quota allocated for the disabled is often not implemented in spirit. Worst of all, Pakistan ignored the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which it is a signatory, by not collecting critical data on persons with disabilities in the National census.
We will regularly conduct nationwide surveys to ascertain the extent of disability prevalence and to generate actionable information on supporting persons with special needs.
We will define and acknowledge all categories of disabilities and issue specialised CNIC or disability certificate to ensure that differently-abled persons will receive privileges and facilities without any discrimination.
We will ensure 2% job quota fulfilment for differently-abled persons at all government establishments.
We will provide training, skills and finance through public-private partnerships for differently-abled persons, and income support to differently-abled persons with severe disabilities.
We will invest in the provincial Special Education Departments and Institutions to uplift their infrastructure, human resource and assistive technologies.
We will mainstream individuals with mild disabilities into mainstream schools by offering assistance to overcome/off-set the disability.
We will promote early screening and interaction for children with disabilities by training related medical staff and health workers.
We will offer assistive devices / technologies such as hearing aids, wheelchair, etc., through federal and provincial programmes.
We will conduct provincial and national Special Olympics and Sporting events and arrange for sports federations to sponsor international participation of special athletes.
We will develop Disability Resource Centres at each district, equipped with necessary equipment for screening and therapy of differently-abled persons.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Find below the expert`s analysis on the progress of above promise :