Spring association is a cross-disability, non-profit organization, working as an interface between the Government, Industry, International Agencies, and the Voluntary Sector towards empowerment of persons with disabilities.
Spring advocates for the need to move away from traditionally held views of charity and welfare to those of productivity and enabling of disabled people.
Registered in 2008, Spring has since then, successfully advocated several policy changes that have positively impacted the lives of people with disabilities, working across to encourage employment of disabled people; increase public awareness on the issue of disability; empower disabled people with knowledge, information and opportunities; and ensure easy and convenient access to all public places, products, services and technologies.
The mandate at SPRING has been to:
■ Encourage the employment of people with disabilities
■ Increase public awareness on disability issues
■ Empower people with disabilities through appropriate legislation
■ Ensure public places are accessible to all
Headquartered in Islamabad, Spring has presence all-over Pakistan through the National Volunteers
Network (NVN). Formed in 2012, NVN has members from majority States and Union Territories across the country.
Spring has also constituted the Community Based Inclusive Development Network (CBID) consisting of
disability sector leaders and experts from across the country, that meets at regular intervals to discuss
ongoing pertinent issues relevant to people with disabilities, and to plan a strategy to address the same.
Spring works on six core principles, also called the six pillars of the organization, namely:
5. Awareness/ Communication
We believe that Employment is not possible without Education. Employment and Education are not
possible without Accessibility. Employment, Education, and Accessibility need to be supported by
appropriate Legislation and Policy, and it becomes imperative to create Awareness in order to achieve
any of the above. Most importantly, we believe that the Youth will be the driving force behind all such
A society where equality social justice and rights of persons with disabilities are guaranteed.
To attain a society where equity social justice and rights of persons with disabilities are guaranteed
through specific projects, advocacy, and partnership with relevant stakeholders.
• Accountability and Transparency
WHAT WE DO
Nation’s Leading Cross-Disability Advocate for more than 10 years, Spring Association has been on the front lines of making change happen, towards the betterment of lives of persons with disabilities.
Spring aims to work with the Government, Industry, International Agencies, NGOs, DPOs, as well as,
directly with people with disabilities including children and youth to holistically engage and influence
policy and public opinion.
Working with a post-CRPD mandate, Spring aims to review and synchronize national legislation to be in line with the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Over the years, SPRING has pushed to move beyond the charity approach and has strived to educate and create awareness on the social model of disability, through its 6 focus areas of
5. Awareness/ Communication
6. Youth/ Sports
Spring partners with disabled activists and experts across the country, through its National Volunteers
Network (NVN) and The Community Based Inclusive Development network (CBID), in order to achieve
the goal of independence, integration, and civil rights for all people with disabilities. To achieve this goal,
Spring uses a “pitchfork” strategy of advocacy, including:
• Legislative: Working with our representatives to create or enforce laws that will improve the lives of people with disabilities.
• Legal: Employing the legal process, when the rights of people with disabilities have been violated.
• Media: Educating the public about disability rights through print, electronic, and social media, and direct outreach.
• Administrative: Training leaders in the disability rights movement to serve in leadership roles in the government, businesses, and organizations to help influence those establishments and ensure that accessibility and disability rights are ingrained in entities throughout our community.
Spring services have a history of significant, path-breaking achievements, which include:
1. Financial support for the rehabilitation including regular support on monthly bases to Person with disabilities, Widows, and Senior Disable Citizens along with tools for education and daily use equipment to students with disabilities to cope up with their problems and overcome their disability.
2. Provided relief support in case of emergencies of floods and internally displaced persons, in which spring have given houses, food items, medical supplies, Uniforms, books for children and winter clothing for the needy Person with disabilities.
3. Involved in organizing short training courses based on techniques and skills for more than 600 Persons with disabilities. The training also including cultural gatherings to make sure that they socially adjust under the program of public education and motivation.
4. Arranged more than 200 group meetings with the experts and social workers to identify the needs, problems and their solution of these problems on the basis of fundamental systematic approach by coordinated efforts through approaching the high authorities not only in government but also in private sectors; that helps in solving the problems of Persons with disabilities on all levels (Local, Provincial and National).
5. A voting process made accessible for disabled people in the General Elections of 2018.
6. Civil Services opened up for people with disabilities and helped more than 500 persons with disabilities to get suitable employment in public sector organizations.
7. Customs Duty on disability goods waived/reduced by the Finance Ministry.
8. National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility.