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2nd Two – Day Training Workshop on ‘Non-Visual Display Software for the Visually Impaired' July 3 – 4, 2024, COMSATS University Islamabad

 Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The INIT organized the 2nd Two – Day Training Workshop on ‘Non-Visual Display Software for the Visually Impaired’, July 3 – 4, 2024 at COMSATS University Islamabad. This was the 2nd edition of the Workshop organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Disabled Foundation and COMSATS University Islamabad. The earlier edition of the workshop was held from July 30 to August 1, 2018 at COMSATS University Islamabad wherein 25 blind participants were trained enabling them to use a computer and associated mobile devices independently whereas 30 participants from far and wide of Pakistan were trained in the instant (2nd edition) of the Workshop.

The workshop commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by an inspiring welcome address from Dr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director of INIT. Dr. Naeem emphasized the transformative power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving the lives of persons with disabilities (PWDs), particularly those in the blind community. He highlighted how ICTs have opened doors to education, employment, and social connection, promoting economic and social integration for visually impaired individuals. Dr. Naeem also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the Pakistan Disabled Foundation in supporting the blind community over the years.

Prof. Shahid A. Memon, Chairman Pakistan Disabled Foundation and the Chief Guest of the Opening Ceremony underscored the significance of such training programs in empowering visually impaired individuals, fostering independence, and expanding their horizons. Prof. Memon expressed his gratitude to the INIT, CUI, MoIT&T and the dedicated trainers who traveled from various cities to share their expertise and contribute to the success of the event.

The workshop's comprehensive training program focused on equipping participants with the skills to navigate computer applications, mobile devices, and assistive technologies. Led by experienced trainers Mr. Ahmed Karim, Mr. Kamal Yusuf, and Mr. Muhammad Shakeel, all of whom are blind from birth and adept in technology use, the participants delved into various software and applications, including JAWS screen reading software, Microsoft Office Suite, TypeAbility, Accessibility Tools on Mobile, and AI Tools for Smart Home. The program also covered dual-language typing, creating and formatting documents, utilizing formulas, and developing presentations, ensuring participants gained a well-rounded skill set. The Workshop trained 30 blind participants belonging to different areas of the country including Sialkot, Khushab, Larkana, Multan, Faisalabad, Mirpur, and Jaffarabad.

The Workshop was a huge success and was warmly received by the participants. The closing ceremony, attended by officials from CUI and PDF, celebrated the workshop's resounding success. Dr. Tahir Naeem extended his heartfelt thanks to the participants for their unwavering dedication and to the trainers for their invaluable contributions. He also acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the partner organizations and praised the organizers for their seamless execution of the event. Prof. Shahid A. Memon, in his closing remarks, expressed deep appreciation for the impactful workshop and commended INIT and CUI for their instrumental support in organizing an event that will undoubtedly leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of the participants.

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of certificates to both trainers and participants, marking a significant step towards a more inclusive and accessible digital future for the visually impaired community in Pakistan.

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Keywords: Workshop