World Braille Day is being commemorated today in Pakistan, echoing global efforts to emphasize the importance of enhancing knowledge accessibility for individuals with visual disabilities. The theme for 2024 is ‘Empowering Through Inclusion and Diversity.’

In a message marking World Braille Day, President Dr. Arif Alvi reaffirmed the commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities. President Dr. Alvi highlighted Pakistan’s endorsement of the Marrakesh Treaty, specifically designed for visually impaired individuals, enabling them to access millions of books in Braille. The President also noted the initiation of advanced training programs in Pakistan, benefiting students, educators, and parents.

With the help of these initiatives, public areas should become more inclusive and provide people with visual impairments easy access to important information and education.

Murtaza Solangi, the acting minister of information and broadcasting, urged political parties to incorporate a comprehensive welfare programme for individuals with disabilities in their election manifestos. Speaking at a World Braille Day event in Islamabad, Solangi emphasised that people with disabilities have equal rights, including the ability to vote.

He asked legislators to concentrate on laws that would protect the rights of people with disabilities. The World Braille Day celebration highlights Pakistan’s dedication to creating an inclusive community and enabling people with visual impairments via coordinated efforts and programmes.

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