Persons with Disabilities
We have provided legal services in the form court representation and successfully completed 38 court cases and provided legal assistance to 10 beneficiaries belonging to category of Persons with Disabilities.
“The Disabled Persons’ (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance (1981) defines “disabled person” as “a person who, on account of injury, disease or congenital deformity, is handicapped
for undertaking any gainful profession or employment in order to earn his livelihood, and includes a person who is blind, deaf, physically handicapped or mentally retarded.” (Pakistan 1981, Art. 2, Para. 3)
The National census 1998 reports 2.49% prevalence of disability in Pakistan, while WHO estimates 6% of the population as disabled and small scale in-depth studies claim 6 to 14%. Of 180 million population the number of persons with disabilities range from 4 to 8 million in Pakistan and 45% of these are children under age 18. At least 3 million adults (both genders included) need rehabilitation through some kind of employment.
A direct correlation has been observed between disability and poverty due to exclusion from services and/or social and community activities because of stigmatization and other negative attitude of the society. During recent years the understanding of “disability” has been changed to “Human diversity with equal rights and privileges. There have been an emergence of understanding movements throughout the world for empowering Persons with Disabilities” through a number of international conventions and agreements, which make Government of Pakistan a partner in the global movement for the betterment of this segment of society. Therefore it is believed that when persons with disabilities have the right skills and resources, they can live independently as equal part of community and making the world accessible.