ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Human Rights Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Wednesday inaugurated the up-gradation project of the National Special Education Centre for visually handicapped children at the National Library and Resource Center in Islamabad.
The event was attended by higher officers of the ministry, dignitaries, and a large number of visually impaired people/students.
The project is started under the administrative control of the Directorate General of Special Education, the Ministry of Human Rights.
It will provide services for screening, diagnosis, and training of visually impaired persons through the use of advanced technological facilities.
While addressing as chief guest, the minister said that in the present age, everyone is well aware of the significance of modern technology.
Pirzada said that without technology, we will neither be able to make real progress, nor to compete with other nations. He said that for people with visual impairments, assistive devices based on advanced technology have become a beneficial source of education.
The minister applauded the efforts and team work for providing the sophisticated assistive devices and facilities of technical assistance in the center. He said that training on modern terms will be a stepping stone for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in the society.
While highlighting the main objectives of project, the Director General Special Education Sheikh Azhar Sajjad informed the audience that the latest digital assistive devices have been introduced in the center for visually challenged persons.
Sheikh Azhar Sajjad told that the diagnostic or screening process will be carried out by an expert ophthalmologist and a qualified optometrist. He said that after successful visual screening and diagnosis, beneficiaries would be trained to use the proposed technology in the National Library & Resource Centre where currently two IT experts have been hired to provide technical support for training orientations to visually impaired persons.