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Disability and Social Justice in Kenya

Scholars, Policymakers, and Activists in Conversation

Subjects: African Studies, Disability Studies
Paperback : 9780472055357, 330 pages, 2 illustrations, 11 charts, 8 tables, 6 x 9, May 2022
Hardcover : 9780472075355, 330 pages, 2 illustrations, 11 charts, 8 tables, 6 x 9, May 2022
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The first interdisciplinary and multivocal study of its kind to review achievements and challenges related to the situation of persons with disabilities in Kenya today

Table of contents

Table of Contents

 
Preface (Kimani Njogu)
“Kinga na kinga ndipo moto huwakapo”: Disability in Kenya (Rebecca Monteleone and Nina Berman)
 

  1. From Human Rights to Disability Rights
    1. Disability and Social Justice: Persons with Disabilities and the Quest for Inclusion and Constitutional Reforms in Kenya (Patrick “Paddy” Onyango)
    2. Access to Justice as a Tool for Social Inclusion: An Overview of Legal Frameworks for Persons with Disabilities in Kenya (Fredrick Collins Omondi)
    3. International and Domestic Legal Protection Against Violence for Girls and Women with Disabilities in Kenya (Arlene S. Kanter and Everlyn Milanoi Koiyiet)
    4. Disability Activism and Medical Genetics: Shaping the Emerging Landscape (Rebecca Monteleone)

 

  1. Access and Inclusion
    1. Claiming our Space: A Political Economy of the Dis-Citizenship of Disabled Kenyans (Theodoto Ressa)
    2. Disability and Poverty in Kenya (Samuel Odawo)
    3. Anayevaa kiatu, hujua kinapomfinya (The wearer of the shoe knows where it pinches) (Christopher Odinga)

 

  1. Education and the Media
    1. Special Needs Education in Kenya: Progress since Independence (Sheilah Mukholi Lutta)
    2. Girl Child Network’s Best Practices for Inclusive Education: Access to Education for Learners with Disabilities (Nathaniel Murungi and Collins Ombajo, with Mercy Musomi and Dennis Mutiso)
    3. Children with Disabilities in Kenyan Media: Lessons from the Abled Differently Programme (John Ndavula and Jackline Lidubwi)
    4. Reconceptualizing Advocacy Work Toward Improving Educational Provisions for Children with Disabilities (Lubna Mazrui and Margaret Murugami)

 

  1. Stigma and Culture
    1. Psychosocial-Economic Challenges of Parents of Children with Disabilities and Psychological Well-Being in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya (Prisca Kiptoo-Tarus, William Kurumei, and Stephen Ngososei)
    2. Heroin Addiction as Socially Induced Disability (Nina Berman)
    3. Changing Cultural Perceptions of Disability through Empowerment of Families and Local Leaders (Cynthia Rose Bauer and Leonard Mbonani, with Jessica Charles)

 
Epilogue
 

Description

Disability in Africa has received significant attention as a dimension of global development and humanitarian initiatives. Little international attention is given, however, to the ways in which disability is discussed and addressed in specific countries in Africa. Little is known also about the ways in which persons with disabilities have advocated for themselves over the past one hundred years and how their needs were or were not met in locations across the continent. Kenya has been on the forefront of disability activism and disability rights since the middle of the twentieth century. The country was among the first African states to create a legal framework addressing the rights of persons with disabilities, namely the Persons with Disabilities Act of 2003. Kenya, however, has a much longer history of institutions and organizations that are dedicated to addressing the specific needs of persons with disabilities, and substantial developments have occurred since the introduction of the legal framework in 2003.

Disability and Social Justice in Kenya: Scholars, Policymakers, and Activists in Conversation is the first interdisciplinary and multivocal study of its kind to review achievements and challenges related to the situation of persons with disabilities in Kenya today, in light of the country’s longer history of disability and the wide range of local practices and institutions. It brings together scholars, activists, and policymakers who comment on topics including education, the role of activism, the legal framework, culture, the impact of the media, and the importance of families and the community.

Nina Berman is Professor of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University.

Rebecca Monteleone is Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo.

"The book is an excellent introduction to current disability discourses in Kenya and succeeds in bridging different discourses of various disciplines (law, social sciences, accessible education, media studies) to form a point of departure for further discussions."
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