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The National Council for Persons with Disabilities is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament; the Persons with Disabilities Act No. 14 of 2003 and set up in November 2004.

The Council representation is drawn from key government Ministries and organizations of/for persons with disabilities.
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Cancellation of the Un day in Kajiado

We wish to inform all our partners, stakeholders and persons with disabilities that the planned National celebrations of the International Day of Persons with disabilities scheduled for Kajiado County has been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. However, the celebrations to be held in all other counties will go on as planned. We regret for any inconveniences.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2015


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be marked on 3rd December 2015.  The Day will be marked in all the Counties.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The Day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.

The theme for this year’s event is " Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities" The theme recognizes and underscores that persons with disabilities must be able to fulfill their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others. As we mark, the Day it is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual. 

In marking this Day, we also note that the societal image of persons with disabilities is impacted by attitudes based on stigma and discrimination, as well as archaic ideas about disability and persons with disabilities that are often the greatest barrier to their full and equal participation in society and development on an equal basis with others.
 
During the celebrations, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities will be issuing wheelchairs to persons with disabilities in all the counties. During the national celebrations in Kajiado, The Council will also be launching the National Action Plan on Accessibility and Disability Rights in Kenya, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities’ Boards Charter and the Strategic Plan.
 
In marking this Day, stakeholders are called upon to:
  1. Help the Council  promote an accessible environment for persons with disabilities by ensuring that future cities, towns and basic urban infrastructures and services are more environmentally accessible, user-friendly and inclusive of all people’s needs, including persons with disabilities
  2. Support the Council’s objectives of collecting data and information on disability and the situation of persons with disabilities at the national and county levels to contribute to the invisibility of persons with disabilities in official statistics. This is critical in achieving development planning and implementation that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.
  3. Help the Council draw attention on the situation of persons with invisible disabilities, such as mental health and psychosocial disabilities, intellectual disabilities, as well as hearing impairments. This is because persons  with mental and psychosocial disabilities often face stigma and discrimination, as well as experience high levels of physical and sexual abuse that occur in a range of settings, including prisons, hospitals and homes. Persons with other invisible disabilities, such as persons with hearing impairments, are also at risk of exclusion from mainstream activities, education or social activities. 
Key activities planned for the celebrations include:
  • Speeches from various partners and stakeholders
  • Entertainment from  groups of persons with disabilities
  • Exhibitions by organizations of /for persons with disabilities

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD)
Opp. ABC Place along Waiyaki Way, Nairobi
Between the Army Barracks and Njuguna’s Place
P.O. Box 66577 - 00800 Nairobi
Tel.: 020-237 5994
Mountain View Office, House No. 195
Tel. : 020 2314621
Email: ncpwds@africaonline.co.ke
Website: www.ncpwd.go.ke

 

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WORKSHOP ON DISABILITY MAINSTREAMING AND JOB PLACEMENT

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities held an intervarsity forum on Disability mainstreaming and job placement on 3rd November 2015 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. The forum was aimed at creating awareness and promoting mainstreaming of disability and employment of persons with disabilities in institutions of higher learning. The workshop was graced by the chairman of the Council Dr. David Ole Sankok.

Participants for the workshop were drawn from various universities, colleges and organizations of/for persons with disabilities. During the workshop the participants charted the way forward on how various institutions can collaborate with the Council to help students with disabilities who recently graduated.

In his presentation, the Chair of the Council Board recognized that some of the most qualified, efficient, faithful, dedicated and hardworking employees in many organizations were persons with disabilities. He told the participants that the job retention for persons with disabilities was high because of their commitment and dedication to work. They are also loyal to their employers. This he said was reason enough for employers to employ persons with disabilities. He called upon institutions of higher learning to embrace disability mainstreaming and provide infrastructure and equipment to students with disabilities. Dr. Sankok further reiterated that the Council was ready and willing to work with institutions of higher learning.

During the workshop, it was also revealed that there were several challenges that persons with disabilities face in employment which require immediate attention. Some of these challenges include lack of equipment and infrastructure for visually impaired persons and lack of ramps to be used by people on wheelchairs. These greatly affect the accessibility of persons with disabilities. Employers also hesitate to employ persons with disabilities because of the fear that persons with disabilities will not be able to accomplish the tasks assigned to them on time. There is also the feeling that it is expensive to employ persons with disabilities because they will require modification of the facilities and provisions of equipment to enable them perform despite their skills and qualifications relevant to the job specifications.

Going forward, it was observed that institutions of higher learning have a major role to play in the entire process of disability mainstreaming. A good starting point would be to incorporate short courses or units on disability mainstreaming in curriculums. There is also need for institutions to invest in necessary equipment and infrastructure. This also includes engagement of sign language interpreters. When these facilities are provided, persons with disabilities will move around with ease and work more efficiently.

Finally, it was recommended that there was need for the Council to come up with a guide on Disability Mainstreaming similar to that developed for Gender mainstreaming. The guide could then be distributed to all institutions of higher learning. This will enable institutions to incorporate this into their systems and make amends where necessary
 


Dr. David ole Sankok, Board Chair, National Council for Persons with Disabilities addressing participants.


Participants in the Intervarsity forum at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.


A group discussion session during the forum at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development


A group discussion session during the forum at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR KENYA SIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING SERVICE PROVIDER

                                                                                                        
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR KENYA SIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING SERVICE PROVIDER


BACKGROUND
The National Council for Persons with Disabilities is a State Corporation established under the Persons with Disabilities Act No. 14 of 2003 to champion for the rights of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya. Under Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, the Council is mandated to provide or contribute to the cost of assistive devices and services.
As a way of enhancing access to services provided by various government functionaries to the public, NCPWD established the Kenya Sign Language Programme in May 2012. Since then the Council has managed to sponsor the training of 127 trainees who include nurses, police officers and social workers.
The Council is preparing to sponsor the next intake of trainees. In this regard, the Council is seeking for a consulting institution/organization to provide Kenya Sign Language training to workers in critical service sectors (including nurses, police officers, customer care and social workers) in Kenya Sign Language.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Eligible Institutions/organizations are invited to submit their interest in providing the training.
The Expression of Interest must include information establishing the institution/organization as qualified and/or experienced to offer training in Kenya Sign Language at all levels. (Information could include experience in conducting similar training, capacity in terms of space, learning materials and qualified staff.  
Detailed Terms of Reference for the EOI can be obtained from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities’ website www.ncpwd.go.ke
Interested and eligible bidders are required to view/obtain/download more details of the expression of interest from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities website www.ncpwd.go.ke free of charge.

Expression of interest clearly marked “Expression of Interest for provision of Kenya Sign Language training Ref. No. NCPWD/PROC/01/2015/2016 with the instructions “Do not open before 23rd November, 2015 at 11.00 am” should be addressed to:

The Executive Director
National Council for Persons with Disabilities
P.O. Box 66577 -00800,
Nairobi.

 
and deposited in the Tender Box located at the reception of the NCPWD Kabete office, along Waiyaki way, opposite ABC Place, next to Kabete Army Barracks on Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.30 pm or be delivered to the address above so as to be received on or before Monday, 23rd November, 2015 at 11.00 am. Late submissions shall automatically be disqualified.
Expressions of Interest will be opened soon thereafter at NCPWD Kabete office along Waiyaki way, in the presence of tenderers and/or their representatives who may wish to attend.
 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NCPWD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TERMS OF REFERENCE

The consultant will be required to work closely with the Council for an engagement period of up to one year.
The information in this document is for orientation purposes to enable consultancy firms evaluate their interest in tendering and conducting Kenya Sign Language Training, and is not a guarantee of the actual conditions under which the training services will be tendered or executed. Documents shall be submitted in duplicate
One (1) “ORIGINAL COPY” and One (1) “DUPLICATE COPY” shall be enclosed in a sealed envelope carrying on the outside “the tender No.”
The overall objective is to provide Kenya Sign Language Training to workers in critical sectors on Kenya Sign Language
Scope of the work

  • To develop training material for the training of participants in Kenya Sign Language
  • Conduct Training in Kenya Sign Language to 55 trainees from critical sectors (nurses, police officers and social workers)
  • The curriculum used should be recognized by the government body mandated to develop Kenya Sign Language curriculum
  • Deliver the training in both theoretical and practical aspects
  • Prepare midyear and end year progress reports of the training
  • Hold a graduation ceremony of the trainees at the end of the training
  • Facilitate and coordinate practicum of the trainees
  • Award the trainees with a certificate in Kenya Sign Language upon completion. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The KSL service provider must be legally registered with the relevant government institution
The KSL service provider must be registered with the relevant government institution to offer training
The KSL service provider must have the capacity and experience to offer training in KSL at all levels (trained personnel, adequate space and learning material)
Must submit the following:

Profile of the organization
Statement of relevant experience in executing similar assignments
CV and certificates of the principal KSL trainers
Statutory legal documents i.e. certificates of registration, Tax compliance certificate

EVALUATION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The submitted Expression of Interest will be evaluated using the following criteria.

LEGAL STATUS
The firm must be locally registered with the relevant government institution. Certificate of Registration/Incorporation must be attached.

EXPERIENCE AND PAST PERFORMANCE

The firm must have been in existence in the training of Kenya Sign Language for at least two (2) years. The applicants will provide a list of at least 2 organizations for whom they have conducted similar training in Kenya Sign Language.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE OF KEY TRAINERS

Applicants to provide CVs of the principal KSL trainers working with the firm and who will be involved in training. The Trainers must have experience in KSL training.
 
 

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LIST OF SCHOOLS APPROVED FOR INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT UNDER THE EQUALIZATION CRITERIA

No

County

Name of institution

Proposed project

Amount

1.     

Wajir

Wajir Special Unit

 

Construction of accessibility pavements

10 Million

2.     

Marsabit

Hekima Primary School

 

Construction of 2 classrooms and a social hall

10 Million

3.     

Narok

Narok Education Assessment Resource Centre for the Handicapped Children

Construction of an assessment resource centre

10 Million

4.     

Mandera

Mandera DEB Primary

Construction of infrastructure facilities

10 Million

5.     

Isiolo

Merti Primary School Special Unit

Construction of 2 twin classrooms

10 Million

6.     

Samburu

Maralal Integrated School

Construction of 3 classrooms

9,343,295

7.     

Garissa

Garissa Primary School

Construction of walkway/pathway

10 Million

8.     

Turkana

St. John Paul II Home for the Physically Disabled

Purchase of equipment for the orthopedic workshop

2 Million

9.     

Tana River

Hola Lisa School for the Deaf

Construction of a vocational rehabilitation centre

2.8 Million

10. 

Lamu

Lamu Special School for the Mentally Handicapped

Construction of 2 classrooms

4 Million

11. 

Kilifi

Kiwandani Primary School

Construction of a dormitory

2,405,580

12. 

Taita Taveta

Timbila Boarding Primary School

Construction of 8 Classrooms

6,812,360

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Uwezo Fund

Following the enactment of the Uwezo Fund Act (2014), The Ministry of Devolution and Planning is set to roll-out the UWEZO FUND through the CDF Framework and using the Sub-County Development, Youth and Social Development Officers

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