DET Planning Commission 9 February 2010

Disability Equality Training (DET) for Ministry of Planning Commission 2010

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Disability Equality Training (DET) for Ministry of Planning Commission 2010

On February 9, 2010, the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) conducted a Disability Equality Training (DET) for the Ministry of Planning Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan. This training aimed to raise awareness, foster empathy, and equip participants with the necessary tools to promote disability inclusion within governmental planning and policy-making processes.

Training Objectives

The primary objectives of the Disability Equality Training were to:

  • Raise Awareness: Increase understanding of disability issues and rights among Planning Commission staff.
  • Foster Empathy: Encourage a more empathetic approach to the needs and challenges faced by persons with disabilities.
  • Promote Inclusion: Provide practical strategies for incorporating disability-inclusive practices into planning and policy-making.
  • Empower Advocacy: Equip participants with the knowledge to advocate for disability rights and inclusion in their respective areas.

 Training Highlights

  • Interactive Discussions: Engaging sessions that facilitated open dialogues on the current state of disability inclusion in Pakistan.
  • Case Studies: Real-life examples demonstrating both challenges and successful inclusion strategies.
  • Role-Playing Exercises: Simulations designed to help participants understand the experiences of persons with disabilities.
  • Multimedia Presentations: Visual and audio materials to reinforce key concepts and enhance learning.

Key Takeaways

Participants left the training with several key insights:

  • Understanding Disability: A deeper comprehension of disability as a human rights issue and the importance of a rights-based approach.
  • Identifying Barriers: The ability to recognize and address barriers faced by persons with disabilities in various sectors.
  • Inclusive Planning: Practical tools and strategies for integrating disability considerations into planning and policy-making processes.
  • Advocacy Skills: Enhanced ability to advocate for disability rights and promote inclusive practices within the Ministry.


The Disability Equality Training led to significant positive outcomes:

  • Increased Awareness: Heightened awareness among Planning Commission staff regarding disability issues.
  • Commitment to Inclusion: A strong commitment from participants to incorporate disability-inclusive practices in their work.
  • Action Plans: Development of concrete action plans to implement inclusive strategies in planning and policy-making.


The Disability Equality Training conducted by STEP for the Ministry of Planning Commission marked a crucial step towards inclusive governmental planning in Pakistan. By equipping participants with the knowledge and tools needed to promote disability inclusion, this training has paved the way for more equitable and accessible planning processes.