Up-gradation of special education centre for visually handicapped children started
ISLAMABAD: The project “Upgradation of National Special Education Centre for Visually Handicapped Children” has begun under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Human Rights’ Directorate General of Special Education. This initiative was intended to diagnose and screen visually impaired people using advanced technology services.In this initiative, a diagnostic/ screening unit led by an ophthalmologist and an optometrist assesses and screens visually impaired individuals and kids. Beneficiaries are trained to utilise the suggested technology in the National Library & Resource Centre following visual screening and diagnosis. Two information technology experts give technical assistance in providing training orientations to visually impaired people on the most recent digital assistive technologies accessible through this initiative.The up-gradtion of special education centres is high demand of the society.
The project’s launch event was conducted on June 22, 2022, at the National Library and Resource Center in Islamabad. Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Federal Minister for Human Rights, was the event’s Chief Guest. In his address to the audience, he stated that in this day and age, everyone understands the value of technology and that it is difficult to deny its use. Without technology, we will be unable to achieve significant development or compete with other countries.So everyone should use modern technology to the greatest extent possible, but when it comes to visually impaired people, assistive devices based on modern technology become a source of education and rehabilitation for them, and these people pass their advanced exams, while others can prepare for competitive exams and use their abilities to become important members of society.
He also expressed his delight at the project’s supply of sophisticated and helpful technologies for the visually impaired, as well as the provision of technical support to the visually impaired through these facilities. Training is also offered as a stepping stone to the rehabilitation and practical lives of these visually impaired persons in society.
Mr. Afzal Latif, Secretary of Human Rights, Mr. Tariq Mahmood (Joint Secretary), Dr. Abdul Rahim (Director General Legal Aid & Justice Authority), and Mr. Abdul Sattar, Director General (Social Welfare) were also present. Mr. Sheikh Azhar Sajjad, Director General (Special Education), also presented an introductory address on this occasion, describing the project’s aims and introducing the most recent digital assistive equipment available for the visually impaired. A huge number of dignitaries and visually impaired people / pupils attended the ceremony.