Hi, I am Qazi Fazli Azeem, an Assistant Professor of Design from Karachi, Pakistan.

I am Pakistan's first and South Asia's only regional self-advocate for the Autism spectrum since 2006.

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I am an Assistant Professor of Design at the Department of Media Sciences at SZABIST University in Karachi, Pakistan .

My research interests are in the intersections between design, inclusion, education and social entrepreneurship. I have decades of experience as a Graphic Designer and have been involved in the International movement for Autism awareness, inclusion and research since 2006 in Pakistan and South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan).

I have an MFA in Design from the Dynamic Media Institute at MassArt Boston USA through the US State Department's Fulbright Scholarship. My graduate research was at the MIT Media Lab which resulted in two graduate projects, the Curious Learning App and the Little Drop UV Water purifying straw . The Curious Learning App was a semifinalist in MIT 2014 $100K Entrepreneurship competition, won incubation at the Harvard Innovation Lab, was featured in a TEDx talk and presented at the 2014 Education Datapalooza expo in Washington D.C USA. The Little Drop was a sister product of the Little Sun solar Lamp designed by MIT's 2014 McDermott Art Award winning artist Olafur Eliasson, who I got feedback from.

Before Sep 2012, I was a Senior Lecturer for Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture at Karachi, Pakistan, where I represented IVS in a national consortium of universities led by the Pakistan Software Export Board who won the 2011 bid for the World Bank's mLab South Asia mobile education research project.

I am Pakistan's 1st & South Asia's only International self-advocate for the Autism Spectrum since 2006. I spoke at a panel at the United Nations in New York on 2nd April 2013 - World Autism Awareness Day and presented at Autism Conferences in the US, UK, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India & Qatar. I served on the Advisory Board of "Artpreneurs for Change," Pakistan's pilot Art-Therapy teacher training program. My interview was published in the 2010 book by Adam Feinstein (UK) "A History of Autism: conversations with the pioneers" and my Art was featured in the 2010-2011 Art of Autism books in the US by Debbie Hosseini. My essays on mentoring youth with Autism spectrum disorders were published in the Feb 2014 book "Been There. Done That. Try This! - An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth" by Jessica Kingsley UK.

last updated July 14, 2020 - Karachi/Pakistan time 18:00 GMT +5

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A video summary of my non-profit Autism advocacy work in Pakistan and South Asia and my Fulbright Scholarship to the USA (2012-2014) and interaction with American disability advocacy organizations.

A short documentary of the design work I did for a project with Dutch-Icelandic Artist Olafur Eliasson at the MIT Media Lab during 2014. I can be seen in the video.

An interview of me by the US State Department during my Fulbright scholarship in the US, this was recorded during the Social Entrepreneurship workshop at American University DC, USA (2014)

Get in touch at mail@fazliazeem.com / +923362456606