National Disability Draft Yet to be amended since 2006
Has the policy governing the rights of persons with disabilities been inclusive in terms of covering the broader aspects of disability diversity?
In a debate on 6th November 2023, courtesy of Citizen TV Kenya, we find that the National Disability Policy Draft has still been stuck since 2006 and is yet to be amended due to bureaucratic procedures revolving around the amendment of laws as per the Constitution 2010.
This has affected the policies safeguarding the special needs of persons with disabilities as they complain of still experiencing neglect and stigma in their social lives as well as challenges they face when seeking various service deliveries.
“However, earlier there have been other amendments that have seen the rights of persons with disabilities safeguarded, like the introduction of sign language interpretation for the television stations, an amendment that was seen in 2003 and later ratified in 2008,” said Hon.Wanjiku Muhia MP, Kipipiri and a disability advocate in parliament.
Muhia, who was the brain behind the amended bill, added that disability matters should not necessarily be a government agenda but holistically handled by everyone because we have a lot of civil societies with the capacity to handle the bill.
Isaac Wanyonge, Senior Disability Services Officer, National Council for Persons with Disability added that even as the constitution was amended in 2010, disability has now evolved and is very dynamic since the types of disabilities that were known by then were visual, deaf, and physical. Nobody had thought of the neuro-diverse aspect.
He also argued that the delay of the amendment perhaps can be termed as “a blessing in disguise” since disability is evolving and by the time the bill is passed to an act even other new forms of disability will be included to avoid leaving the diverse aspects #inclusivecommunity