"In our country, especially in rural areas, people have a negative perception of disabilities.
Most of them they fear it is a curse so having a kid with disabilities is a curse, so most of them are frightened to expose their kids, and some of them they kill their kids because of disabilities.
Cultural practices are the biggest problem but also inadequate facilities of learning in school.
Most of our schools, they don’t have skilled teachers on disabilities, there is no infrastructure which is accessible to children with disabilities, so parents they feel that there is no need of taking kids to school."
I know very well the challenges to getting an education.
I faced them myself. After completing my studies I wanted to make sure that other disabled people become aware of their rights, so that is why I am part of disability movement.
I organise sensitization meetings and activities, such as radio programmes, television programmes, and training on the rights of persons with disabilities. Sensitisation is about raising awareness in the community on the importance of education for children with disabilities. We have different approaches, in most cases we organise community meetings on the street, we organise television and community radio programmes, we participate in commemoration days such as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Education Week. We participate by giving brochures, posters and other communication materials.
Most organisations do not deal with disabled people. They engage with HIV, malaria, TB and other problems but on the issue of disability there are very few organisations, so what I can say is ADD International is a very important organisation in the disability movement in our country."
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Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists like Isaac are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.
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