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Dream of studying law at the University

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“I submit that her constitutional rights have grossly been violated … We have a right to assess information like all other citizens… Yes in Braille or in audio format… why not…” He was debating in his Nakuru Integrated High school as a “lawyer”.

KSB has been a reliable partner to Braian. At Menengai Integrated Primary in Nakuru Brian set his momentum to success in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination when he scored 376 marks out of the 500 mark point to emerge the leading learner with visual impairment in the country. He captured the press in the standard Newspaper on the 30th December 2010 “Blind boy steals limelight with top KCPE score. He was admitted at Nakuru Integrated Boys High School in 2011 that works within the Kenya Integrated Education Programme (KIEP) under a scholarship Wings to fly –Equity Bank. Asked what he aspired to be, he said “… a Constitutional Lawyer..”. KIEP was set up in Kenya in 1989 by Kenya Society for the Blind (KSB) in partnership with the MOE and Sight Saver International.

Like so many learners with visual impairment whose dreams have been shattered due to poor examination marking guidelines and confusion that mars Braille transcription and debrailling practice, his dreams were almost cut short by KNEC. He had been awarded a mean grade ‘B’ but he knew his must have had a better grade. He appealed to the Kenya National Examination Council for remarking after which his grade changed to a ‘B+’. This brought great excitement in his family, school and KSB family.

He jointed KSB for computer adaptive technology classes and did Introduction to Computer and operating systems, Microsoft word and Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft PowerPoint as well as Internet before joining his university studies. He was admitted at The University of Nairobi to study Bachelors degree in law. When he is out of school for holidays, he serves as an intern in KSB where he is able to train the sighted and the visually impaired on adaptive computer technology computer using JAWS.

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Mark Jiddeyi a teacher by profession but through tragic accident lost his vision in 2015. Thanks to Kenya Society for the Blind when he was admitted for rehabilitation it seemed impossible to regain independence but his resilience has given him opportunity to move on. He has a family of three. The wife runs a family business at Mtwapa in Mombasa. He has remained a source of inspiration to his family.

Since he lost his vision, Mark has turned to touch reading which he is learning braille with zeal. Despite of challenges of lapse of memory due to impact of accident he is quite optimistic about his career. He aspires to register for a degree course once he becomes competent in adapted computer and Braille skills.

Kenya Society for the Blind attaches great importance on independent skills. Mark has mastered the use of a white cane as he interrogates through his environment. He demonstrates the use of orientation skills in identifying different positions in the environment. Once a student registers for Orientation and Mobility with KSB, they quickly earn how to navigate independently, how to do personal grooming, how to prepare basic meals, do laundry, use public transport and socialize without boundaries.

We welcome any person with visual impairment outside there to come out and enroll for rehabilitation classes which includes: Computer adaptive technology and independent skill training. Now Mark is computer literate and is able to access internet, make Power Point presentations, and analyze students’ marks through graphical presentations.

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