Children with disabilities (CWDS) are a vital and valuable part of the society, yet most marginalised and vulnerable group of persons in Uganda.
They are abused, exploited and excluded by the societies they live in, denying them of their inalienable and recognised rights. The society has looked upon children with disabilities as outsiders for centuries.
All children with disabilities are have been made fun of, held back, harassed, cut off from reality, pushed aside, abused, abandoned and neglected by there very own that we at the special children special people realized the need to come out and Intervene.
There is limited involvement or no involvement of CWDS, their parents or guardians in formulation, dissemination and implementation of the laws and policies that relates to them.
Community misconceptions and stigmas remain associated with CWDS, homes of CWDs and this, in turn, leads to attitudes and behaviours of neglect, isolation, abuse and marginalisation of CWDs by communities and families leading to increased discrimination.
CWDs always underestimate themselves before others in society. They think they do not fit in the society like how other able-bodied children do. This is visible in self-pity, loss of self-esteem and non- reporting of human rights violations against them.
It is a painful reality that CWDs go through in their day-to-day lives. Inadequate nutrition at a young age prevents CWDs from developing properly both physically and cognitive. This has led to poor health due to lack of food security.
This has been because of the weak institutional framework as a result of lack of coordination between government institutions and civil society organisations of PWDs.
Financial incapacity to manage the school dues, non-inclusive academic curriculum, non-inclusive school structures, segregation by teachers, low opportunities to participate in friendly sports activities, few trained sign-language teachers, long-distance to schools!