Registration of disabled persons kicks off

The exercise is aimed at identifying the number of people with disability, the nature of their disability and age brackets in order to start programmes targeting their specific needs

The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya has embarked on a nationwide exercise to register all persons living with disabilities.

The registration exercise is expected to help in planning and establishing programmes aimed at improving the welfare of persons living with disability.

Speaking to KNA at the launch of the exercise in Nakuru, APDK branch coordinator Geoffrey Kimany said the exercise is aimed at identifying the number of people with disability, the nature of their disability and age brackets in order to start programmes targeting their specific needs.

Kimany noted that many people living with disability had not benefitted from government projects as the government had not been able to ascertain their needs.

He expressed optimism that the exercise would help to determine effective need based programmes to enable the government and other partners deal with specific interventions.

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Kimany said it would also enable the government to establish needs if any, to establish learning institutions and units with specific needs as well as levels of staffing in such institutions.

Kimany said APDK had adequate funds to purchase wheel chairs, artificial legs and walking canes for the visually impaired among others, yet many affected persons were struggling to acquire them.

He expressed hope the exercise when completed, would help to streamline the structure of reaching out and offering support.

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