Recently Telenor Pakistan launched a social responsibility program named Khuddar Pakistan. With Khuddar Pakistan, Telenor wants to make a difference in the lives of fellow persons with disabilities by addressing the challenges they face. Khuddar Pakistan is working on three ojectives:
- Integration – Empowering environments
- Inclusion – Empowering Services
- Awareness – Empowering People
Regarding this Telenor arranged a Disability Awareness Training session for the Bloggers on September 4 followed by an Iftar Party at the Telenor Pakistan Head Quarters. The event started with a welcome note delivered by Mr. Sohaib Mustafa of External Corporate Communications department of Telenor Pakistan. After that Mr. Syed Hasnat Masood, Director Corporate Communication and Responsibility of Telenor Pakistan gave an introduction about Khuddar Pakistan. He also told how Telenor integrated persons with disabilities into the organization and how the efficiency of work was maintained.
After that President of Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) Mr. Atif Sheikh started the Disability Awareness Training. He started off with the basic definition of ‘disability’ in medical terms and in social terms. He further discussed the barriers faced by persons with disabilities. He taught the ways in which we all should behave and interact with the persons with disabilities. He also highlighted the wrong jargons and terminologies which usually media uses.
Mohamad Shabbir, a visually impaired person, discussed ‘Assistive Devices’ which persons with disabilities can use. He demonstrated two assistive applications for visually impaired persons which are JAWS and Dolphin Pen.
In the end a Telenor Employee demonstrated how to communicate with a speaking and hearing impaired person. She shared her experience of working with a person with disability and how effective was the communication between them.
An exquisite Iftar party concluded the event followed by an informal discussion among the attendees and the Telenor staff.
Below are the images from the event:
Also check out the sign language chart below: