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Legal Action for Persons with Disabilities in Uganda


Photo: Geoff Sayer

Legal Action for Persons with Disabilities in Uganda - LAPD

LAPD was established by disabled lawyers in 2005 to provide legal support for disabled people. Two of LAPD's founding members had successfully applied for internships at ADD Uganda, but instead of taking up the places decided to form their own association. Since then ADD has worked closely with LAPD, nurturing its growth.

Its founding members are youthful, vigorous and focused. They exude energy, confidence and an eagerness and impatience for what they could achieve. Their determination has been bred from overcoming their own personal obstacles - not least the lectures at Makerere Law School being held up three flights of stairs. Their plans are precise and their analysis sharp. They are quietly, understatedly, jokingly radical.

Something like half of the cases brought to LAPD are land disputes. But the lawyers also deal with disabled women who need help getting absent fathers to acknowledge and support their children.

What all the cases have in common is the perception that disabled people are powerless to stand up for their rights.

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