Brief Report 2012-2013

By the Grace of Almighty Allah and valuable support of well-wisher like your good self PDF has been actively engaged through out the year by providing and arranging advocacy, training, education, rehabilitation and  integrated program to achieve its targeted goals of socio economic status for disabled community as a whole.

Together with regular programs & services including training academy of skills at Karachi for disabled persons. PDF continued its activities to support disabled students, widows, deserving disabled persons & their depending families by providing them scholarship for education, monthly aid, medical, small loans, special equipment  for the education and daily living  for disabled persons like cassettes, cassette recorders, mobility canes, wheel chairs, hearing aid, self threading needles, embossed measuring tapes, including winter bedding to 1500 beneficiaries.

PDF has provided support for 18 wedding ceremonies of disabled men & women and  their children. As usual PDF has provided exclusive support comprising of cloths, ration & cash to 2900 beneficiaries including their dependents, during the Ramdhan and whole of the year.

More than 250 Braille writing frames along with guide books, 50 Arithmetic slates, 8 Braille Holy Quran were provided to the deserving students & trainees from whole of Pakistan and specially Holy Quran for blind Muslim Students of India. 65 Braille and Talking Wrist Watches and 300 white canes for Blind were provided almost free of cost mostly or on subsidized rates as per nature of the cases to the deserving blinds. Likewise, Calculators, Talking Clocks, embossed thermometer  for the blind were also given on the same basis. PDF had continued to get transcribed & recorded books in Braille & on cassettes to needy blind teachers, instructors, educators, trainees and students.

To promote and strengthen the organizations and institutions  working for the disabled community were provided support in cash and kind  during the year mentioned above to the following organizations: Pakistan Alliance of the blind Faisalabad, Light House School for the Blind Abbottabad, PDF Bahawalpur, Pakistan Eye Bank Society Dera Ghazi Khan, All Special Persons Welfare Association Khairpur & Organizations of the Blind from Nawabshah, Hyderabad, Nowshero Feroze, Kohlo, Mansehra, Banu, Batgram, Mardan, Swabi, Mirpur, Karachi & Larkana. & to strengthen Pakistan Fighting Foundation Blind Islamabad provided Once again One thousand blank audio cassettes to promote its talking books service.

The following events and visits to achieve the aims and objectives of PDF were conducted.

PDF started its activities in this year in January to implement one of the full time agenda point that is skill training courses, a ten days comprehensive course on sign language was arrange under the PDF Quaide Azam Academy which was attended by graduates of Karachi University together with hearing impaired PWDs.

To motivate & educate the public opining the meaningful comprehensive national program were arranged in Al-Faisal Markaz Faisalabad, Light School for the Blind Abbotabad, University of Management & technology, Lahore to grace the International day of the Blind.

In collaboration with Youth Ministry of Sindh all Sindh provincial awareness & capacity building seminar was arranged on 2nd & 3rd December 2012 in Larkana which was largely participated by PWDs from all over the Sindh. The dignitaries & experts of the field grace the occasion.

Regarding advocacy, training and social integration PDF has arranged various programs including

Youm-e- Badar, Muharram ul Haram, Sirat un Nabi, White Cane Safety Day (mainly in Faisalabad, Abbotabad & Lahore) and International Day of Disabled Persons different competition were held and winners were given awards and prizes.

A three members delegation of PDF was sponsored to attend International technology conference for disabled persons in San Diego, California, organized by California University which was followed by the participation of PDF delegation in World Exhibition on technology together with seminar held in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Chairman PDF successfully negotiated the donation for Global Disability Rights Library & Smart Brailler the most modern technology facilitating the independent attempt of paper in examination to the blind candidates. During his visit to USA with the USICD & Perkins.

The Holy Quran in Braille system which was started by Jordan & Pakistan some 55 years before in now going on in various Muslim countries to cover the need of Muslim blind all over the world. A national conference to review the situation especially in the light of symbolic & punctuating differences was held in Karachi which was followed by an International Week Conference in Istanbul in Feb. 2013 patronized by the Turkish Govt. the conference was attended among others from different countries by a comprehensive delegation of PDF.

The Handicrafts produced by the disabled children’s of PDF Quaid e Azam Academy received active attention and appreciation of the visitors during the different exhibitions and festivals taken place time to time in the metropolitan of Karachi .

Thanking you,

Prof. Majida Nasir,
General Secretary