About Saima

Advocate | Entrepreneur Special Educator | Writer

Since childhood, Saima Haq has a natural inclination to teach – and was always especially sensitive to those for whom learning did not come easy. These inclinations naturally led her towards special education and social work, and when it came time for college, Saima easily gravitated toward a major in Social Welfare and Educational Psychology. That was just the stepping stone she needed to lead her to making her mark in the field of special education.

In 1996, she founded the Special Children’s Educational Institute (SCEI)which has been a godsend for this under-served population in Karachi, many of whom had had virtually no educational or developmental opportunities beforehand.  As principal for 23 years and counting, Saima has made SCEI into not just a place of learning, but into a place of hope and joy – a home away from home where a path to a fulfilling life has been introduced to these beautiful souls.

Her skill in designing specialized curricula, and in developing physiotherapy and speech programs for the differently-able has led her to many settings. Early in her career, she served a stint as an instructor at the Dow University of Health Sciences. She has also served on the Board of Trustees at the Karachi American School. Saima is currently the Special Education Chair at the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers. Saima’s efforts in speaking for the rights of the intellectually challenged were recognized and honored by the Sindh Government, which awarded her a plaque in 2019. And these are just a few of her activities outside of her work at SCEI.

Saima's background of growing up in several different countries has provided many experiences and observations that have inspired her to write pithy poetry, which she publishes on Instagram and in limited edition chapbooks. She has even directed her creativity toward vocational-based home and personal accessory designing!

In 2018, Saima began working on an app which she has called ParentsPlus. She saw a serious need in her community for emotional and physical support and believed this app could transform the lives of the very parents she had worked with for over two decades. ParentsPlus is a tool to help special needs parents schedule and organize their child’s needs and communicate them to their near family and friends. Her pitch for the project was accepted at The Nest I/O, the city’s premier tech incubator, where she is working to refine it and ensure that it is made available to special needs families everywhere.

And she is by no means finished! Ideas continue to abound and her remarkable energy will see that many come to fruition. Saima is a force to be watched!

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Don't be impressed by perfection but rather by the beauty of imperfection.
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Hi There!

I am an advocate, entrepreneur, special educator and writer who is striving to create new and meaningful initiatives using the wide range of expertise in the areas of special needs education and community building that I have gained throughout my career.

My journey has taken me from the founding of  Special Children’s Educational Institute (SCEI) in 1996, to the development of the ParentsPlus app in 2019, with a diversity of projects in between. I hope to continue to be a catalyst of positive change for special children and their families, and to work toward their integration into a supportive social network.  

Work with Saima

Learn from Saima’s experience overcoming cultural and financial limitations to provide educational sustainability in the most challenging student population.

Saima Speaks

The Ground Reality of persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Pakistan.  Solving problems from a grassroots approach.


What they are saying!

Sam Aunty is one of the most enthusiastic and committed individuals I have had the honor of interacting with. Her focus on continuous improvement and innovation sets her apart in her endeavors. Her commitment to the betterment of special education and inclusivity is exemplary and it has been a great learning experience to have worked with her.

Madiha Mohammed Najib

M.S.Ed International Educational Development 

Reading the texts of  her poems introduces us to a new and remarkable
dimension of  Saima's persona . We were previously aware of her keen interest
in education and social uplift . But the poems reflect a deep , authentic
concern for the historic biases suffered by girls and women in South Asia, and in most parts of Pakistan even today in the 21st century.

Javed Jabbar

Author,  Journalist