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Universal Service Fund (USF) Pakistan’s Special Project on ICT for Persons with Disabilities Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Mainstreaming ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Noshin Masud Manager-Communications Universal Service Fund. Introduction of USF.

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Universal Service Fund (USF) Pakistan’s Special Project on ICT for Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Mainstreaming ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Noshin Masud

Manager-Communications

Universal Service Fund

introduction of usf
Introduction of USF

Established by Ministry of Information Technology Pakistan in December 2006 to:

  • Increase telecom penetration in the country
  • Broadband proliferation
  • Enhancement of e-services
persons with disabilities in pakistan
Persons with Disabilities in Pakistan
  • More than 7% of the population living with disabilities
  • 1.6 million people with visual disability
  • 5 million people with low vision
usf special projects on ict for persons with disabilities
USF Special Projects on ICT for Persons with Disabilities
  • Background

Announcement of 2 projects by Prime Minister of Pakistan on World Telecom & Information Society Day 2008

  • Project for Persons with low vision with Al-Shifa Eye Trust
  • Project for Persons with visual disability with Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness
project with al shifa eye trust
Project with Al-Shifa Eye Trust

Introduction of Al-Shifa Eye Trust

  • A non-governmental, non-political, charitable organization
  • Aims of the trust are prevention and control of blindness
  • Five components at all four provinces
introduction of al shifa eye trust
Introduction of Al-Shifa Eye-Trust
  • Al Shifa Eye Trust – Rawalpindi
  • Al-Shifa Eye Trust - Sukkur
  • Al-Shifa Eye Trust-Kohat
low vision centre at al shifa eye trust
Low Vision Centre at Al-Shifa Eye Trust
  • Established for the first time in Pakistan in 1993
  • Equipped with devices for training and rehabilitation of people with low vision
  • Patient turnover -1,000-1,500 every year
  • Prescribed or dispensed over 3,600 low vision aids.
collaboration of universal service fund al shifa eye trust
Collaboration of Universal Service Fund & Al-Shifa Eye Trust

Contract worth Rs. 25 Million (300,000 dollars) signed on July 07, 2008 to up-grade and establish low vision centres at Al-Shifa Eye Trust through ICT equipment.

objectives of the project
Objectives of the Project
  • Strengthening the low vision centre at Rawalpindi (Punjab)
  • Upgrade and replicate the low vision centre at Sukkur (Sindh)
  • To establish a low vision center at Kohat (NWFP)
equipment funded by usf
Equipment funded by USF
  • PCs & Accessories
  • Servers
  • Networking Equipment
  • Broadband Connectivity
  • Specialized ICT Equipment

- Talking Caller ID

equipment provided by usf
Equipment Provided by USF

- Braille Translator

- Braille Notetaker

- Satellite Braille Display

equipment provided by usf1
Equipment Provided by USF

- Zoom text large print keyboard

- Optec Clearview-Colored

Wide Screen

- Big button mobile phone

equipment provided by usf2
Equipment Provided by USF

- Magnifying Filter Screen

- Scanning & Reading

Appliances

- Talking Calculator

equipment provided by usf3
Equipment provided by USF

- Text to audio software

- JAWS Screen Reading Software

project with pakistan foundation fighting blindness pffb
Project with Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (PFFB)
  • Introduction of PFFB
  • A national, non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) for the well being of persons with visual disability
  • Founded in 1988 by two visually impaired persons
projects of pffb
Projects of PFFB
  • Audio World Program

- Providing education, information and entertainment through audio cassettes throughout Pakistan

- 3000 students benefiting from this service

- Recorded the curriculum and reading material

  • IT Helpline Program

- An internet café for persons with visual disability functioning since January 08, 2007

- Improving computing skills of visually impaired persons

collaboration of usf pffb
Collaboration of USF & PFFB

Contract worth Rs. 6.2 Million (75,000 dollars) signed on September 15, 2008

  • Objectives
  • Digitalization of Audio World Library
  • Expanding accessible internet café’
facilities provided by usf
Facilities Provided by USF
  • Audio World Program
  • Audio Duplicator Machine
  • Audio Decks
  • Professional Sound Cards
  • CD Burner
  • DVD Burner
facilities provided by usf1
Facilities Provided by USF
  • IT Helpline Programme
  • Desktop Computers
  • Laptops
  • JAWS Software
  • Open Book Scanning and Reading Software
  • Magic Screen Magnification Software
  • Broadband Connectivity