SC orders not to call differently-abled people as ‘disabled’

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed the government to use correct words for ‘persons with disabilities’ in official correspondence and not those which are degrading or offensive.
The Supreme Court ordered not to call disabled people with disabilities in the disability quota case. The SC in its judgment directed the federal and provincial governments to stop using the word disability at the official level and not to write disability in official correspondence, circulars, and notifications.

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The decision ordered that the disabled be replaced with people with disabilities or persons with different abilities and special employment arrangements be made for the disabled while the use of modern technology to facilitate the disabled.
The Supreme Court ruled that out of 81 seats, 5 were employed on the disabled quota but out of 81 seats, only Asma Qasim was given employment on the disabled quota. Using the word disabled hurts a person’s self-esteem.
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