The call and rise of disability leaders in Uganda, Africa: The first Christian based bachelors program in disability studies and special education at Africa Renewal University

Keywords: disability, disability education, Africa, Uganda, Christian disability education, disability curriculum, special education

Abstract

This paper investigates the epidemic that prevails in the lives of persons and families affected by disabilities in developing countries, mainly East Africa and Uganda. Grating data and demography are exposed, along with some of the common dilemmas found in the Ugandan educational systems, churches, and communities, in order to express the palpable realities of families and persons with disabilities. Patrons will discover the features and attributes that constructs the disability studies and special education bachelor’s program at Africa Renewal University, including course listings and course content, and how this program seeks to alleviate some of the major wounds for persons and families affected by disabilities in East Africa, which all contribute to identifying the problem and bringing forth resolution. Lastly, this paper highlights bouyant outcomes, strategies for moving forward, and a scope of the next steps for Christlike front-runners and the souls affected by disabilities subsiding in Uganda and East Africa.

Author Biography

Ashley A Hall, Africa Renewal University Joni and Friends Elim Christian Services

Head of Department

Disability Studies and Special Education

Africa Renewal University

References

Africa Renewal University: Values [Internet]. Kampala: IT Africa Renewal University; [updated Sep 2014 Sep15; cited 2015 Aug 31]. Available from:

http://www.africarenewaluniversity.org/#/about/values

Factsheet on Persons with Disabilities [Internet]. United Nations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and UN Web Service Section; [updated 2008-2015, cited 2015 Aug 31]. Available from:

http://www.unesco.org/education/efa/know_sharing/flagship_initiatives/persons_disabilities.shtml

Kyambogo University: Faculty of Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation [Internet]. Kampala: Team IT Kyambogo University; [updated 2009; cited 2015 Aug 31]. Available from:

http://www.kyu.ac.ug/index.php/courses/special-needs-and-rehabilitation

Published
2015-11-05
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