PDSA launched donation drive to seek support for children with Down Syndrome in Nawabshah & other parts of country. 

 

KARACHI: (30-06-2018) Trade Testing Board (TTB) Karachi conducted term examination of PDSA Youth Skills Development Center under BBSYDP Phase-X project at Akhtar Colony Karachi.

Mr. Adnan Ahmed was invigilator from the Board. All the 30 trainees appeared in the examination.

Mr. Abid Lashari Principal of the Center told that TTB conducts examination on merit basis, the certificates issued by the board are accepted for the job placement. Ms. Saima Rashid instructor of Beautician appreciated the examination process of TTB. The trainees felt happier to be appear in the examination, hoped for early results.

Pakistan Down Syndrome Association pdsa Karachi and NDF are pleased to invite you to participate during celebration of world down syndrome day on 21st March 2018, 12noon, at Pdsa ofc Karachi,

sector A, street 7, Akhtar Colony. During the seminar Bbsydp graduate trainees of beautician will be awarded with certificates. Regards. Abid Lashari CEO PDSA Karachi.

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PDSA OBSERVES WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY IN KARACHI

Down Syndrome children must be recognized at all levels with equality: Law Secretary Shariq Ahmed

Down Syndrome must be given opportunities to thrive in normal setting: Abid Lashari

Society must welcome extra chromosome functionality: Anwar Ali Siyal

KARACHI: Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) Karachi conducted awareness seminar on eve of World Down Syndrome Day 2018 in Akhtar Colony Karachi. Secretary Law Department & BBSYDP Mr. Shariq Ahmed participated as chief guest. He said that disability is not issue but our environment is big hurdle to accept disability. Down Syndrome adult & children have proved themselves in different fields with slow speed because of slow learning process of Down Syndrome. As it is known that slow & steady wins the race, these children committed with their passion & learning, their work is very nice & perfect, if engaged with proper training in the society. Down Syndrome Children must be acknowledged at all levels with equality. Earlier Mr. Abid Lashari CEO PDSA briefed about importance of the day & PDSA progress regarding Down Syndrome. The World Down Syndrome Day 2018 is observed under theme a�?WHAT I BRING TO MY COMMUNITYa�?. The day is marked to spread awareness about what actually Down Syndrome is & how these people play an important role in our Society. Mr. Lashari further told that Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder caused by an error in cell division that results in an extra 21st chromosome. The condition leads to impairments in both cognitive ability and physical growth that range from mild to moderate developmental disabilities. It is named after John Langdon Down, the British physician who described the syndrome in 1866 who first described the syndrome as disorder. Down syndrome occurs because of an abnormality characterized by an extra copy of genetic material on all or part of the 21st chromosome. Same features, some of the more common features are in children with Down Syndrome including, Flattened face, Small head, Short neck, Protruding tongue, Short height. Infants with Down syndrome may be average size, but typically they grow slowly and remain shorter than other children the same age. PDSA Karachi is only Disabled People Organization (DPO) which is engaged locally to internationally to address issues concerned to persons with Down Syndrome in Pakistan.A�Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) is based in Akhtar Colony, Karachi. PDSA & NDF have established a�?NDF REHAB CENTER, SHAHEED BENAZIR ABADa�? under support of Community Development Programme (CDP) P&D Department Government of Sindh. The center is catering needs of 100 children with intellectual disabilities (Aged 04-17 yrs) with engaging in services of life therapies i.e Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy & independent living. The children are being provided boarding & Day Care facility at the center. The center engages in indoor games & fun activities. It was urged to community to join hands to sustain services of the center, it was urged to understand Down Syndrome first to respond. Mr. Anawar Ali Siyal President Pakistan US Alumni Network (PUAN) said that the extra copy of chromosome is also one of credibility of some, we must understand importance of extra copy of chromosomes. The purpose of formation of PDSA was to award separate identity representation of people with Down Syndrome in Pakistan.A� In Pakistan there is wide gap exists to understand Down Syndrome, even Government of Pakistan still not recognized Down Syndrome as separate form of disability. Pakistan has no specific facilities in health & education sectors to deal children with Down Syndrome. Even Doctors have limited knowledge at rural areas to diagnose Down Syndrome. It was urged that Persons with Down syndrome can easily mainstreamed, if properly trained. The Down Syndrome is more responsive than mentally retardation. Pakistan Government, Sindh Government should recognize Down Syndrome as separate form of Disability as four categories Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment & Intellectual Disability are already declared. Down Syndrome is unseen in Pakistan. There is no proper data on Down Syndrome, meanwhile International Agencies claim that more than 200,000 children with Down Syndrome live in the country. It was urged to collect data on all disabilities especially on Down Syndrome disability, to be counted as citizens of Pakistan to enjoy equal rights. The Secretary law & BBSYDP Mr. Sharique Ahmed awarded certificates to the 30 graduated beautician trained through BBSYDP Training Phae-X-I.

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Pakistan urged to recognize Down Syndrome as Disability: Abid Lashari

Down Syndrome as declared as separate form of disability by UN in 2011-12. UN declared to observe 21st March as World Down Syndrome Day since 2012. Society urged to acknowledge worth of Persons with Down Syndrome.

KARACHI: Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) Karachi conducted Press Conference to highlight the importance of the 21st March World Down Syndrome Day 2018. Mr. Abid Lashari President/CEO Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA),

Ms. Saira Lashari & Mr. Raja Zaheer Ahmed said during press conference that World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed on 21st March in the World. The World Down Syndrome Day 2018 is observed under theme a�?WHAT I BRING TO MY COMMUNITYa�?. On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome. Mr. Lashari told that Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder caused by an error in cell division that results in an extra 21st chromosome. The condition leads to impairments in both cognitive ability and physical growth that range from mild to moderate developmental disabilities. It is named after John Langdon Down, the British physician who described the syndrome in 1866 who first described the syndrome as disorder. Down syndrome occurs because of an abnormality characterized by an extra copy of genetic material on all or part of the 21st chromosome. Same features, some of the more common features are in children with Down Syndrome including, Flattened face, Small head, Short neck, Protruding tongue, Short height. Infants with Down syndrome may be average size, but typically they grow slowly and remain shorter than other children the same age. PDSA Karachi is only Disabled People Organization (DPO) which is engaged locally to internationally to address issues concerned to persons with Down Syndrome in Pakistan.A�Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) is based in Akhtar Colony, Karachi. PDSA & NDF have established a�?NDF REHAB CENTER, SHAHEED BENAZIR ABADa�? under support of Community Development Programme (CDP) P&D Department Government of Sindh. The center is catering needs of 100 children with intellectual disabilities (Aged 04-17 yrs) with engaging in services of life therapies i.e Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy & independent living. The children are being provided boarding & Day Care facility at the center. The center engages in indoor games & fun activities. It was urged to community to join hands to sustain services of the center, it was urged to understand Down Syndrome first to respond. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. The original idea was proposed by members of the European Down Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International. On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided to “designate 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012;” and “invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome;”.

Than Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon said on 21st March 2012 “On this day, let us reaffirm that persons with Down syndrome are entitled to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all.”Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) is member of Down Syndrome International (Dsi) since 2011, is engaged to raise awareness about Down Syndrome children in Pakistan. The purpose of formation of PDSA was to award separate identity representation of people with Down Syndrome in Pakistan.A� In Pakistan there is wide gap exists to understand Down Syndrome, even Government of Pakistan still not recognized Down Syndrome as separate form of disability. Pakistan has no specific facilities in health & education sectors to deal children with Down Syndrome. Even Doctors have limited knowledge at rural areas to diagnose Down Syndrome. It was urged that Persons with down syndrome can easily mainstreamed, if properly trained. The Down Syndrome is more responsive than mentally retardation. Pakistan Government, Sindh Government should recognize Down Syndrome as separate form of Disability as four categories Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment & Intellectual Disability are already declared. Down Syndrome is unseen in Pakistan. There is no proper data on Down Syndrome, meanwhile International Agencies claim that more than 200,000 children with Down Syndrome live in the country. It was urged to collect data on all disabilities especially on Down Syndrome disability. The mainstreamed (Normal) Government & Private School is not ready to get enroll child with Down Syndrome because of slow learning. It should be welcoming environment at all schools to enroll children with down Syndrome, no need to find special education school for children with down Syndrome, but they can easily get their education at mainstreamed schools under Inclusive Education System. These children are assets of Pakistan if not utilized properly; they will be burden on society. Children with Down Syndrome always proved themselves in Special Olympics around the world, named Pakistan with Gold, Silver medals & awards. The worth of these children must be acknowledged by Society, he added.

PRESS CONFERENCE IN SINDHI

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KARACHI: (20-03-2018) PDSA Pakistan will organize Press Conference in Karachi to highlight the World Down Syndrome Day 2018 (WDSD) at Karachi Press club at 03pm on 21st March 2018 at Karachi Press Club.

INVITATION

Respected All,

It is submitted here that Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) Karachi is no profit organization of persons with disabilities in Karachi.

PDSA is going to organize one day seminar to mark 21st March as World Down Syndrome Day under theme a�?WHAT I BRING TO MY COMMUNITYa�?, on dated 21st March at 12:00 noon @ PDSA office, Akhtar Colony Sector a��A, Karachi.

NDF seeks your consent participation as Guest in Honour during observance of 21st March as World Down Syndrome Day 2018.

 

Regards

Abid Lashari

CEO-PDSA Pakistan

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KARACHI: (14-03-2018) PDSA Pakistan organised Graduation Ceremony of BBSYDP Phase-X-I on

dated 14-03-2018 at PDSA Youth Skills Development Center. Mr. Amir Shah, Ms. Samreen Rajput, Mr. Kelash, Mr. Mansha Noor, Mr. Abid Lashari, Ms. Saima Mughal & Raja Zaheer Ahmed awarded certificates to 30 trainees. The training was termed fruitful by trainees to access self employment.

KARACHI: (09-10-2017) Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program (BBSYDP) Government of Sindh awarded project to Pakistan Down Syndrome Association (PDSA) in Youth Skills

Development in Akhtar Colony, Karachi. The project duration will be 04 months & target will be 30 Women with/without Disabilities will get training in Beautician Trade under PDSA Youth Skills Development Center.

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NAWABSHAH: (21-01-2018) NDF-PDSA Pakistan established NDF Rehab Center in Nawabshah, which was launched formerly through inauguration by MNA Mohtarma Faryal Talpur in Nawabshah.

MNA Mohtarma Faryal Talpur said that NDF is providing basic rehabilitation to the intellectual with disabilities, which is very difficult task but NDF commitments are very high to tackle. She said it is dire need to tackle mental health issues over all Sindh especially in Nawabshah. She termed NDF efforts encourage able to tackle disabilities issues in Sindh. Pakistan Peoples Party always supported disability cause, Sindh Government is providing jobs against disabled quota. MNA Faryal Talpur ensured for providing plot & building for the center in Nawabshah & recommended NDF plea for annual grant to Chief Minister Sindh. Earlier Mr. Abid Lashari briefed about Rehab Center establishment, said that the center was established through grant of Community Development Programme (CDP), UCBPRP, Planning & Development Department Government of Sindh under allocated budget PKR-24 Million. The facility will cater needs Life Therapies such as Physiotherapy, Psycho-Therapy, Occupational Therapy, & Speech Therapy, the center will provide boarding facility to 50 children with disabilities & Day-care Facilities to 50 children with disabilities. The 100 beneficiaries belongs to different districts of Sindh. He said that the main objective of center was To enable children with disabilities to live their life with dignity and confidence as equal citizens of Pakistan, to alleviate poverty in Sindh by reducing economic-burden on families/communities living with disabled children, to develop a a�?Center of Excellencea�� to produce in future cadre of qualified professionals, generate new knowledge and needs-based responses about child disability challenges in the area, develop good practices of rehabilitation services to replicate the approach in other parts of Sindh. He further told by sharing achievements that synergies developed with CDP & NDF to establish a unique PPP (Private Public Partnership), new knowledge generated about situation of intellectual disability in target areas via baseline research, holistic mapping of target beneficiaries (120 children), community mobilization & engagement activities initiated, awareness enhancement & training activities started, identification & hiring of qualified staff completed, installation of state of the art machines for disability treatment, linkages established with research, health, academic & disability-rights organizations across Pakistan, shaheed Benazir Abad/Nawabshah soon to become a hub for child disability-related rehabilitation activity in Sindh and Pakistan. Mr. Lashari also shared challenges for children with Intellectual in Target Areas, that lack of quality care facilities for children with intellectual disabilities in Shaheed Benazirabad/Nawabshah & Sindh, knowledge & awareness about disability not available in target communities/parents, difficult coping strategies. Some people sent to institutions/mental hospitals for life, children with intellectual (mental) disabilities are not understood at early stage , hence they become victims of their own family. Some treated also as possessed, teachers unaware/unskilled to cater special learning needs, institutions in rural Sindh need more equipment for these type of centers. He requested help in sustainability initiatives through linking ups with INGOs, NGOs, local Philanthropy, Foreign Embassies & Consulates & Sindh Government to allocate annual grant to sustain the services of the programme. Mr. Zia ul Hassan Lanjar Law Minister Sindh, Mr. Jam Tamchi Unar Chairman District Council Shaheed Benazir Aad, Mr. Hasham Khan Director CDP/UCBPRP P&D Sindh, Mr. Saleem Raza Jalbani Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Sindh, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani Focal Person on Disability in Sindh Social Welfare Department, Haji Azeem Mughal Taluka Chairman Nawabshah, NDF Consultant Mr. Aftab Iqbal Director, PCDC Islamabad, Mr. Aftab Ahmed Zardari, Mr. Ali Hassan Zardari, Mr. Razi Khan Jamali, Sher Baz Mari & others were also present during the ceremony.

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