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MSID-Kenya

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Learn about MSID—Kenya.

Attitudinal

Traditionally people with disabilities have been regarded negatively, however people are becoming increasingly sympathetic (particularly in urban areas) towards individuals with disabilities. There is very little infrastructure to help accommodate individuals with disabilities. Access ramps are found only at hospitals.

There is an Association for the Physically Disabled community in the country. Individuals with a physical disability are increasing demands for rights as equal citizens in the country. Parliament has debated an affirmative action bill, but there is no equivalent to the ADA of the US.

MSID Kenya would expect individuals with disabilities to be flexible and comfortable accepting help from others.

Classroom and Academics

Students typically spend seven hours per day in class and about six hours per week outside of class. Homework is typically handwritten.

Classroom accommodations could include identifying volunteer note takers, allowing lectures to be recorded, allowing service dogs into the classroom, and arranging for a separate room or extra time to take exams. Sign language interpreters are available but not all know ASL (though some do). Classrooms are located on the ground floor but have poor accessibility.

The Association for the Physically Disabled (APDK) is a possible internship site that may be accessible.

Excursions and Field Trips

Excursions involve taking a bus to various sites.

Housing and Food Services

All students are housed with host families. The program could help students identify suitable homestays that could accommodate service dogs, special dietary needs, etc.

Technology

Students have access to computer labs with Internet access. The computer lab does not have an access ramp but could be accessed with some help.

Library Services

Students have access to the University’s library. The library facilities could be made wheelchair accessible, and assistance could be available to help access library materials.

Transportation

Students have to travel between five minutes and a half an hour (walking) between housing and class. There are no accommodations on public transportation beyond help from other community members. There is an additional fare for transporting wheelchairs on public transportation.