LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar have stressed the need to extend special attention to special children without compromising their self respect. They were addressing a ceremony organized in connection with International Day with the theme of “Not All Disabilities are Visible”.

The event was jointly organized by Child Welfare Centre, PU Institute of Special Education, Ghazali Education Trust and Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled. Akhwuat Foundation Chairman Dr Amjad Saqib, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry, Secretary Special Education Saima Saeed, Secretary Social Welfare Hassan Iqbal, ISE Director Dr Humaira Bano, CWC Principal Dr Ayesha Wajihullah and a number of special students and their parents participated in the ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad said that although it was a difficult task to look after the special children but it was our responsibility and it had a great reward too. He said that special children needed special children and we must encourage them and polish their hidden skills. He said that with the help of government departments and NGOs, we must achieve the goals to make them a useful segment of our society and ensure a better life for them on our part.

 Dr Amjad Saqib said that we need to bring change in our social behavior towards the special children. He said that we needed to adopt the sentiments of empathy and think that if we were living in the condition the special children were suffering, what should have been our feelings? He said that we needed to amend our social behavior towards special children. On the occasion, special children gave special performances and showed their skills in co-curricular activities, which attracted a huge applause.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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