- Over a billion people are disabled. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population. Of this billion people, between 110-190 million adults have very significant difficulties in functioning.
- Rates of disability are increasing
- Disability affects especially people who already vulnerable. Disability is more common among people living in poverty. In fact, lower-income countries have a higher prevalence of disability than higher-income countries.
- Children with disabilities are less likely to attend school.
- 67 million children worldwide are not attending school. 22.5 million of these are disabled children.
- This happens all-over the world, although the situation is extremely grim in poorer countries. According to UNESCO, more than 90% of disabled children in developing countries do not attend school.
- Disabled people are more likely to be unemployed.
- Global employment data shows that 65% of men worldwide and 30% of women worldwide have a job.
- These rates drastically fall for disabled people: only 53% of disabled men and 20% of disabled women are employed worldwide.
- Disabled people are vulnerable to poverty. People with disabilities are generally poorer
- Rehabilitation services are often inadequate.
- People with disabilities can live and participate in the community, and disabling barriers can be overcome.
Learners Transiting to University and Other Colleges
University and college students ought to be fast in capturing notes and doing their assignment for them to be competitive. A Braille machine is about six kilograms and a learner may hardly carry such a machine from one lecture hall to another. At the same time, the lectures may not be touch reader.
It is thus important for all VI learners to be computer literate. Learners with visual impairment should be well versed with basic ICT technology. With the emergent technology, LWVI should embrace ICT that use assistive technology software to converts computer text into audio for the blind and into large print for those who have low vision. Such will be trained on Introduction to Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, MS PowerPoint Internet & Email. These skills are mastered through screen reading software known as Job Access with Speech (JAWs) and Magic.
Since 2006, KSB has trained over 500 persons with visual impairment mostly Form four schools leavers across the country. However, the computers used to train have not been upgraded since services provided are not for profit but are a services to the needy. KSB has for the last 10 years offer computer certificate courses to the visually impaired and will be required to upgrade its course to a diploma level too. To offer better services to the visually impaired in Kenya, the NGOs, Individuals of goodwill, The Central Government, County Governments, NGOs, Corporates can work with KSB to ensure we have:
- Have 20 extra computers with all the accessories
- Acquire Licenses of screen reader (jaws -latest version) for totally blind
- Acquire Licenses of screen magnifying software (magic) for the low vision
- Acquire four different Braille note Touch as training tools
- Acquire Index Box Braille Embosser and Embossing papers
- Acquire appropriate computers (PC) accessories for the visually impaired
- Type-ability software for beginners
- A braille translator like duxburry
- Good internet connection
- Refresh-able braille displays
- The eye pal solo scanner
- Sub-woofer for training purposes
- Large print keyboards for persons with low vision
- Wired headsets for the trainees
- Accessible Tablets and smart phones
- Victor readerstream and stratas
- Gps mobility devices like the breeze to encourage research on mobility for blind and visually impaired persons
PWVI Working in White Color Positions
The real problem facing persons with visual impairment is isolation and marginalization for employment. Many organizations are yet to mainstream disability in accordance to the Kenyan Constitution and the Disability Act that:
- Requires employers to hire persons with disabilities as 5% of their workforce as a minimum
- provides tax incentives for organizations to hire persons with visual impairments and provide assistive devices
- Prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities respecting all employment-related matters.
As a way of eliminating barriers to employment of person with visual impairment, training of PWVI on computer adaptive technology will help persons to be able to use same facilities (computers) as sighted persons. KSB is aware that many organizations and public servants are yet to be sensitized on how to mainstream disability. The NGOs & partners can work with KSB to ensure:
- PWVI given working opportunities are trained on orientation and mobility; Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- PWVI are trained on computer adaptive technology
- Selected County Government offices are trained on disability mainstreaming for the sake of those employed and those seeking services
- Relevant organizational documents are transcribed for touch readers
Although KSB is mandated and formed by an Act of Parliament, it is not financed by the government but is required to raise funds through charity work, donations, grants, gifts and subscription as per Session 14 of the KSB Act.
Mark Dunford presenting a cheque for 250,000 in May 2018
The Kenya Society for the Blind is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of donor and individuals like you to support our programs and services. Your donations help us to provide persons with vision impairment with the skills and strategies they need to remain safe, independent and active at every stage of life. No matter how big or small, it will help us to further our activities of helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss.You can support the Society expand and improve its services and projects in Kenya by making your donation using the following ways.
Write a cheque in favour of KENYA SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND and drop or send it to:
Barclay House, Mai Mahiu road Off Langata road
P.O. Box 46656- 00100
We kindly request you to include your contact details for those who send or visit with the donation as it will enable us acknowledge your gift upon receipt.
If you have any queries regarding other ways of donating , please contact us on telephone 254-020-6001541,0775061819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a donation through M-Pesa
Here you can find how to use M-Pesa to make your donation to Kenya Society for the Blind
M-PESA (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money) is the product name of a mobile-phone based money transfer service for Safaricom.
To support KSB via M-Pesa, select “Pay Bill”,
- Enter 955150 under Business No.
- Then enter Your Name or Your Organisation Name or Account No as the Account Name
- Then enter the amount you wish to contribute
- Complete the transaction by entering the M-PESA pin