Paul Isaacs' Blog

Autism from the inside

Ishrat Fazal – Disaiblity Advocate & President of DEVELOPMENT OF DISABLED WOMEN ORGANIZATION in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan

Leave a comment

Ishrat Fazal

         Ishrat Fazal

Ishrat is an amazing advocate for people with disabilities she strives for positive and inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities in her country, please read her amazing story below.

Ishrat’s Story 

Today I want to share my personal experience with you because my heart pushes me to do so; you will get insight and know how my heart is for this call and its respond. I was effected polio when I was just three years old.

Then my poor parents admitted me in the school and used to take me on their shoulders to drop at school with great difficulty attempted F.A Intermediate.

Then I started to prayed that in my area and country’s all disabled men and women, girls and boys, kids are just ignored, our culture consider my type of kid as curse of God to any family who has such kids.

So I stared feeling and praying that I must take indicates for people like me especially as girl where women are more put behind in all walks of life. When a man face hatred due to disability than what about women at this land who is consider as shoes feet of men.

Then I started to search for disabled people around without discrimination of religion, color or creed. Then we were having troubled due to so much hurdles, in the meanwhile my parent saw a man who was willing to get marry in spite of my disability so I got married and were gifted three kids, two boys and one girl. When my home was so much busy but i kept on thinking how i can become worthwhile for PWD’s, I started working with one NGO who was showing that its improving lives of people with disabilities but when i got attached with them, they were presenting me in-front of their foreigner as just show piece of their business, they were paying me 10 $ per month, as salary which even was not covering my travelling from home to that area but they never prayed any attention. to me, they sent me  to America for one training course which MIUSA held in 2006 in Eugene Oregon and you know what humiliation was made of my personality, Pakistani NGO’s holder took money from them but they didn’t training me in English Language why because they didn’t want me to have is proficiency to explain what is going on actually so that I couldn’t tell truth about their fraud while attending course in America, American trainers were told that she can speak English and can communicate well but it was wrong. I was informed by that NGO that in America you will have translator provided by the Course organizers.

I came to know that program organizer sent money for six months tuition to get equipped with English proficiency so that I could get good learning there and could participate but due to NGO’s people corruption so I attended course like dumb people, I could speak and understand very low. Any ways that course and exposure taught me lesson and encouraged a lot, it was a golden chance of my life that turn ups & down all my thinking and way to work. I came back but huge challenge was with me that I had no finance to get start and also I left that NGO which was just using me like a doll.

They sent police at my home, my in laws already were against me due to my disability as they didn’t accept me their daughter in law because I can’t walk and serve them as other people. My very small kids were so much afraid and cried when police came at home , I told them everything but because of bribery those NGO people gave police for their wrong favor, police was taking action against me then we wrote to MIUSA and they sent email which we showed to the police station. Since then I was fire in my heart to struggle and fight against the discrimination against PWD”S in Pakistan. I established one organization and its now working some of our local people has supported us but we don’t have International donors. While reading my personal experience as disabled lady, I hope you might have reached to the climax of my sharing that I am willing with my team for PWD but need more sources and resources which without funds is not possible. You can well imagine how much am with fire in my heart, we have lots of plan, project which can be fruitful for Disabled men, women,& children.

Please join hands with me as I read and see you hard work, I feel what war is, and you are fight with. It’s really difficult to give time to family, friends and to my mission at the same time but I feel it’s possible because I am filled with vision, it must has way to flow by now. You come to Pakistan, visit us and see because by visiting, you can have clearer picture in your mind. God bless you. 

Paul Isaacs 

Adult with Autism 2014 

Advertisements

Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

Leave a Reply - Many Thanks

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s