From Segregation To Inclusion

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By Excellent Mutali

For decades, people with disabilities (PWDs) in Kenya faced significant challenges due to a lack of awareness and support. However, with increased literacy and education, a positive shift is underway.

NGOs have emerged to advocate for PWDs, and educational opportunities are expanding.

Previously, some viewed PWDs with stigma, leading to isolation and abuse. Special schools were established, but these faced issues. The government and NGOs have responded by launching awareness campaigns, providing scholarships, and exempting working PWDs from taxes.

However, true progress lies in inclusion. An inclusive society recognizes everyone’s rights and contributions. This means integrating PWDs into schools, workplaces, places of worship, and public spaces. Inclusive infrastructure, education models, leadership roles, and employment opportunities are crucial.

By fostering a sense of belonging and valuing each individual, we can dismantle the barriers that have led to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem among PWDs.

Several institutions are already leading the way, demonstrating the positive impact of inclusion. Employers are hiring PWDs, educational institutions are adapting to their needs, and communities are embracing a more inclusive perspective.

The government’s policies further support this movement. Together, we can create a truly inclusive Kenya where everyone thrives.

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