International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Dear all,

Let us all join in congratulating the disability community on the occasion
of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

Since its inception in 1992, this day has marked significant progress in
the inclusion and integration of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in
society. This progress is worth celebrating.

Notably, in Kenya, we have seen great initiatives aimed at empowering and
improving the socio-economic participation of PWDs.

Firstly, the KICTANet Digital Accessibility program has actively worked
with PWDs, undertaking various initiatives such as research, capacity
building, and advocacy to ensure equity and equality in the ICT sector for
persons with disabilities.

Secondly, on the 28th of November 2023, the National Council for People
with Disabilities launched a Self-Registration service under E-Citizen, a
few months after devolving the council services to the counties. This
service will ease the previously tedious and cumbersome registration
process for PWDs.

Another win for persons with disabilities is the public-private partnership
between NCPWD, Safaricom PLC, and FUZU to waive data charges for the
NCPWD.FUZU job portal. I believe this will encourage more individuals with
disabilities to join the workforce and actively participate in
socioeconomic development towards self-independence.

In conclusion, I believe that inclusion is achievable. Let us all celebrate
this day and recognize the strides made in the inclusion and integration of
persons with disabilities in society.

Happy International Day for Persons with Disabilities!

Nicodemus Nyakundi
ICT Accessibility & Equality for PWDs
*Nicodemus Nyakundi*
ICT Accessibility & Equality for PWDs
*KICTANet* <>