Achievements

1.      CDSK has over the years invested in enhancing access to healthcare and rehabilitation for improved functionality of impairments. Over the last five years, more than two thousand four hundred and seven (2,407) corrective surgeries and or treatments for cleft lip and club foot for CYWD were undertaken with the support of CDSK.

2.      Similarly, CDSK has continued to support inclusive education since its inception. This thematic area seeks to contribute to improved access, retention and transition for CYwDs. The support in this area enabled a total of 1,097 CYwDs to access, be retained or transit to other levels of education in 2016. Similarly, with funding from DFID, CDSK in partnership with LC successfully implemented a Girl Education Challenge Project between 2014 and 2016 in Lake Region, enabling 2,500 girls with disabilities complete their education, prepare for their journey to adulthood and live independently in disability positive communities/ households.

3.      A third area for which CDSK focuses its support is enhancing vocational skills and employability of PWDs. Through CDSK support in the past 3 years, a total of 820 YWDs were enabled to access vocational training opportunities in colleges, universities and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Centres. CDSK also impacted 450 children and youth with intellectual disabilities for social inclusion by building their communication, social and self-care skills.

4.      Further, CDSK continues to invest in influencing to assure a conducive operating context for PWDs through elimination of policy, legal, physical, institutional, attitudinal and cultural barriers. CDSK for example contributed to the National Curriculum Review, as well as the Special Needs Education and Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Policies. Further, between 2012 and 2013, CDSK with funding from European Union successfully equipped 120 CYWDs to understand the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPDs), besides successfully lobbying for accessibility in buildings and inclusive disability employment.