Islamabad, 26 September: Ambassador David Hale on Tuesday said that US embassy would continue to work for welfare and empowerment of people with disability.

The ambassador met with around 70 Pakistani disability rights advocates to open a leadership conference for persons with disabilities and discussed the status of the rights of persons with disability in Pakistan, legislation on disability rights and ways to empower Pakistanis with disabilities and their allies.

The American Embassy is collaborating with Mobility International and the Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) on a program to empower Pakistanis with disabilities and their allies.

“Removing barriers and creating a world in which disabled people enjoy dignity and full inclusion is our goal,” said Ambassador Hale.

“To achieve it, we work with governments and organizations like STEP, to protect and promote the rights of disabled people and provide practical support to facilitate their integration, inclusion, and participation in society,” he added.

STEP President Muhammad Atif Sheikh said that young persons with disabilities in Pakistan needed to develop an understanding of rights-based approaches for legislation.

he said this training would be a timely intervention from American experts who have been part of the movement for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recently, the American Embassy concluded a one-year program managed by STEP to support Pakistani women with disabilities and to increase public and Pakistani government awareness about the rights of women with disabilities.