In Focus: Kenya Association of Intellectually Handicapped

Interview with Fatma Wangara

History

KAIH was started in 1996 by a group of parents and self-advocates, who after being discriminated against for a number of years, felt they needed a platform where they could air their own issues and advocate for their own rights.

KAIH is registered as an NGO and has 3000 members (families and self-advocates).

Current Projects

Access to Justice

In Kenya women and girls with intellectual disability are vulnerable to sexual abuse.  KAIH is working on a project, supported by Open Society Initiative in East Africa, to support women and girls with intellectual disability through the trial process so that the perpetrators are remanded.

Accessing the Ballot Box

KAIH, along with organisations in Zanzibar and Lebanon, is working with Inclusion International on a project to enhance political participation of persons with intellectual disabilities. KAIH is working with families, self-advocates and the Election Commission of Kenya to ensure the the voting system is accessible for persons with intellectual disability.

Inclusion Africa Conference and General Assembly

The conference and general assembly will bring different members of Inclusion Africa to Nairobi and facilitate the creation of strategic partnerships. KAIH hopes that these events will raise KAIH’s profile and give more recognition for people with intellectual disabilities in Kenya. They will also be an opportunity to gain experiences and share learning with other Inclusion International members, to unify the voices of people with intellectual disabilities at the global level.

Why being a member of Inclusion International is important to KAIH

There is a lot happening everywhere, within Inclusion International membership and KAIH feels being part of this movement is quite beneficial to its members in Kenya.