Ambassador Hale’s Remarks at the Tech Camp for Individuals with Disabilities

Date: August 9, 2017
Location: Ramada Hotel, Islamabad
Remarks as Prepared

Assalamu Aleikum.

I am glad to be here today at this Tech Camp for individuals with disabilities.

Thank you to the Information Resource Center Team at the Embassy, STEP, the trainers, HRDN, and everyone else who played a role in preparing for this important event.

Promoting disability rights is an integral part of our efforts to promote human rights more broadly.  Discrimination against people with disabilities is not only unjust; it slows economic development, limits democracy, and weakens communities.

America is stronger and more vibrant with the full contributions of persons with disabilities, and Pakistan is too.

We are committed to removing barriers and creating a world in which disabled people enjoy dignity and full inclusion.  To do this, we work with governments and organizations like STEP, to protect and promote the rights of disabled persons, and provide practical support to ensure their inclusion and full participation in society.

I hope you will take full advantage of the new technologies and tools that you discover during this camp.  Technology can play a vital role in increasing access for disabled persons to information, employment, and opportunities for civic participation.  Technology also has the potential to help all of us to communicate more effectively and to build networks to create positive change in our communities.

I encourage you to remain in touch with our Embassy after this Tech Camp ends.  Our Lincoln Corners across the country offer access to the latest technologies and can be a continuing resource for you, your friends and families, and other members of the public to explore new technologies.

Enjoy the rest of the Tech Camp!