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Pity versus power? Citizens’ views on people with disabilities

Significant portions of Kenyans report that all the children who have disabilities in their communities are not in school: at primary level, 3 out of 10 citizens (31%) report this while at secondary level, an overwhelming 73% of citizens say that all the children with disabilities in their communities are not in school.  

In order to attend school, and participate in other aspects of political, social and cultural life, people with disabilities may need particular infrastructure or facilities. Most Kenyans do not believe that these are available. When it comes to health services in their local facility, 47% of Kenyans think that these are accessible to people with disabilities, 45% think there are accessible public transport options and 36% believe that there are accessible buildings and houses. 

These findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief Pity versus power: citizens’ views on people with disabilities. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey. The findings are based on data collected from 1,763 respondents between 21 April and 23 May 2016. 

The 2008 Kenyan census found that 4.6% of Kenyans have a disability. 3% of respondents for Sauti za Wananchi similarly reported that they are living with a disability. At the household level however, the findings are stark. One in five households (19%) report having a member with a disability. Among these, almost half (44%) report that the disability involves restricted mobility (difficulty walking or climbing steps).  

Read more: citizens disabilities governance Sauti za Wananchi

Editors: Brezhnev Otieno John Mugo

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Organizations: Twaweza East Africa

Pages: 2

Type: Policy brief

Year: 2016

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