Karachi, June 06, 2022: ASD Welfare Trust was founded by Ms. Rukhsana shah in 2015 in Lahore. The aim of establishing ASDWT was to create awareness about Autism and other Neurodevelopmental disorders all over Pakistan.
Simultaneously training programs for professional and parents were started to create a critical mass of trained people in this field. So far ASDWT has conducted 400 plus specialized training sessions and general awareness seminars and benefited about 25000 individuals. Every year on April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated with enthusiasm by ASDWT.
On March 26, 2022 ASDWT Karachi organized a conference for better future prospects of children with neurodiversity.
In her inaugural speech CEO Ms. Rukhsana Shah (parent of Autistic son) shows serious concern about future of person with neurodiversity in Pakistan. She said there are no vocational training centers for such children, so those children who cannot pursue formal education although they do not have any IQ challenges and have potential to learn vocational skills have no place for skill development.
She added if they are trained in certain way then they will be useful for the society and can live a better independent life. Words of thanks were extended by Dr. Salma Khalil, COO ASDWT Karachi (the center established in 2017) to all participant for their active participation and offering unconditional support. She also appreciated the team ASDWT and volunteer from KU for their hard work to organize such purposeful event.
In this conference head of various vocational training institute including KVTC, STBE, STEVTA, Hunar Foundation, C-Arts, NOWPDP, SOP and potential employer including Chase Up, Js bank, APRA, PSDF, HRSG, Paypro, Growth Training, Herbion, Zamin group, Aga Khan Foundation took keen interest. Chairman Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE), Dr. Masroor Ahmed Shaikh assure to re-design few of their courses in consultation with ASDWT to fulfill the need of individual with Autism and IDD.