INCLUSION UGANDA (New: Uganda Association for the Mentally Handicapped (UAMH/IU)
UAMH/ Inclusion Uganda is basically a parental non governmental organization with an objective of improving the living conditions of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The family is the leading agency in finding out talents and skills of people with disabilities. UAMH/ Inclusion Uganda instruct field workers to teach parents how best they can train their children within the home using the available human and material resources for developing and practicing the rights of people with disabilities without discrimination.
Nurturing a positive attitude towards intellectual disabilities need time, steady teaching through which we can build a society free from oppressive traditional and cultural values as well as gender biases.
We advocate for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in the family budgets and utility of available recourses right from family to community as well as state levels.
Empowering people involves education and taking part in social activities. Full participation in community is a symbol of empowerment and a healthy society. The problem is the parents are over anxious, while the community tends to neglect any achievement.
Listening to people with intellectual disabilities is a real motivator in building ability to practice decision making and we encourage all those dealing with people with disabilities to give them a chance to express their ideas.
Continued enlightening of parents, the public and administrators is our methodology of sustainable improvement and innovations.
Mass media and researches are expensive yet they are the best way to guard against abuses and gender discrimination. As the society is informed now and again on how and when that discrimination is practiced, change can be brought about.
To bring researches nearer to everybody, parents and family members are encouraged to develop a habit of recording their experiences and their failures. Normally during “cluster family meetings”, information is shared and a lot have been learnt from such situations.
Advices are given from one another and problems that seem to be persistent are referred to more experienced persons or to other professionals.
“Respite care” is given among parents by themselves especially to those that need intensive care. In some of our centers respite care services is available for a period not exceeding 48 hours. However parents may decide how long they may be able to give respite services.
UAMH/ Inclusion Uganda lobby for changes in laws and bylaws that tend to discriminate people with intellectual disabilities. For example a child may be denied the right of inheritance of property of his/her parent’s on the ground that he/she is a person with intellectual disability.
Traditionally, in most Ugandan societies, a woman cannot inherit her father’s estate. So in case of a girl with learning difficulties she is punished twice. We encourage researches in which parents participate since they are the best source of information and the best users of the findings.
We fight for inclusive education at all possible levels but the problem is that the school system are too much “examination oriented” that makes children with intellectual disabilities form the biggest percentages of school drop outs at an early stage. This is so because they can not pass set examination meant for all.
Vocational training is possible in very few cases particularly in agriculture poultry and cattle keeping. However, Inclusion Uganda is trying its best to find placements for possible “on job training opportunities” in other fields.
Employment without exploitation is our goal. This is the most difficult problem we are facing in a country with high unemployment rate above 30%. “We are what we are because of what we can do to ourselves and for others”. Having no job is very frustrating and it lowers the mental health and life expectancy among the disabled.
Without Employment the person with disability may easily fail to over come the many problems of poverty that makes independent living rather unrealistic and indeed it is one of the sources of social exclusion among the adults.
Inclusion Uganda encourages self-advocacy among the youth from the family to community level. We work together with all agents that fight against gender violence.
We cooperate with organizations that stand for the rights of the disabled in the country.