Professor Salim Qasim Olia

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Professor Salim fights for the rights of disabled people. He is in-charge of education at the Pilot Project and the Food Kitchen, delivering lessons on languages, disability sensitization, computer literacy and soft skills to reintegrate people with disabilities into society.

Alongside working at the Hassan Trust, he is also the General Secretary at the Pakistan Association of the Blind and retired in August from his post at Jinnah College, Karachi as a lecturer.

Salim Qasim Olia with his white cane (which is actually black!)

Salim Qasim Olia with his white cane (which is actually black!)

He is a father to 9 very successful children with one son running his own business in Dubai and others completing their university degrees. He was blinded at the age of 9 when he was hit by a stone on the head.

He’s passionate about moving Pakistan from seeing people with disabilities as mere objects of pity to productive and independent members of society. He sees the Pilot Project as one of the few examples of workplaces that are inclusive and truly empowering to people with disabilities.

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