#WhatWENeed Pakistan – Mainstreaming Disability to Create Inclusion


STEP (Special Talent Exchange Program) was conceived and initiated in Pakistan by persons with disabilities themselves in 1997. As a cross disability organization, STEP is committed to mainstreaming disability in development through empowering individuals and organizations of persons with disabilities as well as sensitizing society about rights based approach. (See their strategic goals.)

Some of their major contributions include

(i) creating employment and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities

(ii) pioneering Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Pakistan

(iii) introducing Inclusive Education for girls with disabilities in KP

(iv) ensuring participation of  persons with disabilities  in electoral and political processes

(v) promoting accessibility of infrastructure, ICT and communications

(vi) advocacy and lobbying for the rights based policies, frameworks and legislation at national, regional and international platforms

(vii) developing referrals for health and rehabilitation

(viii) research and publication

(ix) direct support for assistive devices

Watch below a video created by STEP on #WhatWENeed in Pakistan.