There is a dire need to sensitize society about the issues especially accessibility of wheelchair users as nearly 90 percent important buildings and offices in the city have no ramps for wheelchair users, said Chairpersons Society for Special Persons (SSP) Zahida Hameed.
Society for Special Persons, a non-governmental organization launched accessibility a campaign from 2013 and continuously visiting different government as well as private institutions to ensure availability of ramps but only 10 percent buildings, most of these are government buildings, have introduced ramps, said Zahida. However, private building’s cooperation was unsatisfactory, she said and added that there was urgent need to sensitize society about the issues especially accessibility, of wheelchair users.
She informed that there were 7500 registered wheelchair users in the city and they used to face immense problems during their outdoor movement to perform routine affairs. She hailed some government departments including Pakistan International Airline, State Bank of Pakistan, Motorway, Damdama, Madni Park, Multan Tea House and some other government buildings for making ramps to facilitate the wheelchair users. She appealed to Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif to issue notification for introduction of ramps in every building so that they would have easy access at everywhere.
About Society for Special Persons (SSP), Chairperson Zahida Hameed informed that SSP was established in March 2007 for the people with disabilities to make them useful in the society. The SSP mainly focus on accessibility and Inclusive community for the empowerment of people with disabilities, independent living, barrier free society, advocacy and awareness raising activities.—APP