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NA SPEAKER ASAD QAISER TO LAUNCH ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVES AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE BUILDING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)
Thursday, 2nd December, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Directorate General of Media)
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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs) AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE ON 3RD DECEMBER 2021

NA SPEAKER ASAD QAISER TO LAUNCH ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVES AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE BUILDING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)

Islamabad: 2nd December 2021: National Assembly will commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on Friday the 03rd December 2021 in the Parliament House. The International Day of PWDs 2021 is being celebrated on the global theme “Leadership and participation of Persons with Disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world” that focuses on the challenges faced by persons with a disability during the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure their inclusive, accessible, and sustainable future. This event aims to raise awareness regarding our responsibilities towards PWDs and bring positive changes in their lives. Moreover, it will serve as an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and contributions and highlight the importance of the inclusion of vulnerable segments of the society into the mainstream.
During the event, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser will launch accessibility of the Parliament House Building and the accessibility of the National Assembly official website for PWDs besides, unveiling the full version of the Braille Constitution of Pakistan. This initiative of Speaker Asad Qaiser will contribute significantly to alleviate the difficulties being faced by PWDs, which will boost their confidence and encourage them to excel in all walks of life. 

 
The commemoration of this day in the Parliament is the result of Special initiatives of the Speaker National Assembly for the welfare of differently-abled people and to make them productive citizens of the country. Speaker Asad Qaiser is making considerable efforts for bringing new legislations in order to bring long-term reforms for the wellbeing of PWDs.
Speaker National Assembly on the occasion of “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” (PWDs) said that differently abled people have a lot of potential and energy to contribute to the progress of the country. They are capable of performing all tasks but they need encouragement and assistance to make them a viable and productive part of the society. Facilitating the people with Disabilities has been the priority of the incumbent government and the government is striving hard to provide equal access to education and health and other basic facilities to them.

On the directions of the Speaker, a Special Committee on PWDs has been formulated which is making remarkable progress by suggesting and recommending policy measures in providing fundamental facilities to differently-abled people. The Committee is working constructively to ensure that every person with a disability shall have an equal opportunity to participate in all spheres of life without any discrimination.
 
This event will include an address by the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, MNA/Champion Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities Ms. Zille Huma and Emerging Leader on Disability Inclusion Ms. Zala Qaiser. Executive Director Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh and Country Representative United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Bahktior Kadirov would also address the event. A special documentary regarding initiatives for socio-economic inclusion of PWDs by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser would also be displayed. Parliamentarians, Intelligentsia, Media Representatives would also participate in the event. The event will be attended by members of Parliament, representatives of charitable and welfare organizations and civil society.

This event will include an address by the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, MNA/Champion Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities Ms. Zille Huma and Emerging Leader on Disability Inclusion Ms. Zala Qaiser. Executive Director Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh and Country Representative United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Bahktior Kadirov would also address the event. A special documentary regarding initiatives for socio-economic inclusion of PWDs by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser would also be displayed. Parliamentarians, Intelligentsia, Media Representatives would also participate in the event. The event will be attended by members of Parliament, representatives of charitable and welfare organizations and civil society.