rawalpindi - The Foundation University Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (FUIRS) organised a seminar and exhibition in connection with International Day of Persons with Disabilities yesterday.

Rector Foundation University Islamabad, Maj Gen (Retd) Khadim Hussain HI(M) was the chief guest while Maj Gen (Retd) Dr Tassawar Hussain HI(M), acting director Islamabad Campus, and Dr Naureen Tassadaq, director Foundation University Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences, were also present on the occasion.

The purpose of the event was to create awareness among the masses about International Day of Persons with Disabilities in general and regarding access and empowerment of people with all abilities in particular. People from different walks of life participated in the event. The event included lectures by the eminent experts, power point presentations, short videos, drama as well as posters exhibition.

While addressing the gathering, the Rector FUI said, “Today we are more aware of the needs of the disabled owing to the advancement in the fields of mass communication, education and information technology.” He said the disabled are no more disabled as through fast growing interaction with outside world, new methods, techniques and technical knowhow, it has been learnt how to transform the disabilities into abilities. This of course will add to their usefulness for the society in general and for themselves in particular. The chief guest said empowerment involves investing in people, jobs, health, nutrition, education, social protection and so on. He emphasised when people are empowered, they are better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities; they become agents of change and can readily embrace their civil responsibilities. Therefore, today’s event is step in the right direction, he added.

The Rector FUI said the world disability day will go a long way to bring the handicapped into the mainstream and giving them the courage and confidence to be an effective part of the society.  He urged the students and faculty to make this event a regular feature of their academic calendar and positively contribute towards alleviating the physical, mental and psychological disabilities of the affected persons and convert them into abilities. He said it is important to focus on the ability and not the disability of an individual.

In the end, chief guest visited the exhibition.