Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

A fully inclusive and accessible school in Uganda

USDC advocates for inclusive education and modifies existing school environments. Schools are made accessible through different factors: teachers, children and parents are sensitised; assistive devices are provided; children with disabilities are integrated into society.

“Making learning accessible by leaving no child behind”.

Dolorence WERE
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Inclusive Education Practice
Organisation:Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC)
Country
of origin
Uganda
Beneficiaries targeted Children with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Capacity building, advocacy

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 110 children were directly supported to stay in school
  • 15.023 children with disabilities were indirectly enrolled
  • 179 teachers were sensitised on inclusive education
  • 60 teachers were sensitised in teaching children using sign language, braille
  • Tumaini awards (2012 ) – best NGO implementing inclusive education in Uganda

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Disability in Uganda remains a big challenge due to negative attitudes. The negative attitudes largely derive from the following factors: ignorance, poverty, cultural beliefs and customs. In order to enable children with disabilities access to general school education, capacity building and support equipment for special needs education is needed.

PROJECT

USDC empowers parents of children with disabilities to advocate for inclusive policies; teachers, students and governments are sensitised about disability and the value of inclusive education. USDC supports schools in helping them to become accessible and to provide the necessary equipment: children with movement disorders require ramps, widened corridors and adapted toilets facilities; children with hearing impairments require aids and sign language; individuals with visual impairments require instructional materials like Braille machine; children with learning disabilities require specialised learning aids.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

In order to ensure sustainability USDC works within existing structures and partners with government and other service providers. In addition to other efforts, USDC supported 2 vocational training and rehabilitation centers and has thus helped over 1’000 young people with disabilites to gain various vocations.

DW0A8948mmUSDC advocates for inclusive education – this teacher is blind as well as his student. Education that surely empowers both.

CONTACT

Mrs. Dolorence WERE
Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC)
P.O. Box 16346, Kampala, Uganda
+256 772557290
dolorence.were@usdc.or.ug
http://usdc.or.ug

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