Special persons seek integration in education
ISLAMABAD – The National Policy for Disabled 2002 is more inclined towards segregating persons with impairments rather than helping them integrate into mainstream.
This criticism came at an open discussion arranged by the Pakistan Association for the Blind held in connection with World Day for Disabled here on December 18.
“Call us equal not special,” said the visually impaired persons, describing the problems and difficulties they faced in society.
Noor Hussain, a visually impaired, criticized and described the title “National Policy for Disabled” as discriminatory and demanded the government change the name to “National Policy for Persons with Impairments”.
“The government has failed to deliver and has been unable to chalk out legislation to safeguard the rights of persons with impairments,” he said.
“According to the national policy for disabled, special college has been built for persons with impairments in Lahore. Soon the federal capital will have a college on similar lines while Karachi has a university for special persons. This move will segregate persons with impairments.