The first deaf Pakistani receiver of Microsoft’s certified associate badge, Kashaf Alvi, received the ‘Pride of Pakistan’ award.
The Pride of Pakistan award is an honor gifted from the country’s powerful military that recognizes outstanding individuals for their work and efforts. While Alvi ha already achieved plenty for a person who is differently abled, he has now also published a book at the age of 18. He is presumably the youngest Pakistani deaf person to do so.
His book, “The Language of Paradise,” illustrates the challenges he has faced as a deaf person. He said,“The book contained my experiences about life, achievements, challenges, and feelings. I wanted to share it with the world to motivate other people like me to come forward and work hard to achieve their goals.”
Ali was interviewed by a well-reputated publication with the help of his father who communicated what he was saying to the reporters. He said, “I want to study computer sciences and information technology which is not possible in Pakistan.”
He shed light on the subject of special educational institutes and their limited courses in the field, “Special education institutions offer very limited courses in science and were not offering mathematics as a subject, as they didn’t have mathematics in sign language.”
For Alvi, sky is the limit. He is now preparing for his English language exam to apply to study in Sweden. He currently lives in at the National Special Education Center for Hearing Impaired Children in Islamabad which offers science courses.
The center’s director, Khalid Ranjha has said that they “are affiliated with Punjab University, Lahore, and if there are substantial students in any subject then the university permits us to offer that subject.”
He addressed that while the science courses are offered, there were no teaching materials for specialized science subjects. The chairman of the Sir Syed Deaf Association, Zaigham Rizvi, the issue in facilitating deaf students is the lack of scientific terminology in Pakistan Sign Language. He said,“We are trying to get it from Gallaudet University in the USA. They have prepared all these signs in medicine, mathematics, and other sciences.”
Pakistan’s First Deaf-Staffed Food Truck ‘Abey Khao’ From Islamabad is Empowering the Differently Abled. Read the full story here:
Pakistan’s first deaf-staffed food truck ‘Abey Khao’ based in Islamabad, empowers differently-abled individuals. The ‘Abey Khao’ food truck in bright yellow is parked on Millennium Universal College’s campus in Islamabad, where hungry students form lines to order food. Once they reach their turn, they are seen ordering their food with the help of sign language to communicate with the staff. On the menu are hot meat sandwiches and french fries.
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