Brief- Assistive Devices and Services
The National Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities (NDFPWD) supports the provision of Assistive Devices and Services to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Kenya to enable these individuals to function in society. The Fund gives priority to those individuals requiring assistance to function in a learning, training or work environment.
Assistive devices and services are any product or service designed to enable greater independence for PWDs. Common examples of such devices are wheelchairs, crutches, hearing aids, callipers, surgical boots and prosthetic arms or legs. A common example of an Assistive Service is Sign Language translation.
There are some limitations in the devices that can be applied for. Expensive items, such as motorcars and business equipment like sewing machines or laptops are not included. Many assistive devices, particularly computer software such as JAWS, can be expensive and it is very unlikely the Fund will support such items for individual use. In such cases, we would request that the individual asks their work place or education institution to contact the Fund Programme Office directly and make a larger application for equipment that can then be shared and accessed by multiple students or staff members with disabilities now and in the future. For assistive services, the funding given is normally to train individuals working in an institution like a school or hospital in sign language, so that this can be used to assist clients.
The requirement for the Assistive Device and Services include;
- Duly filled form for Assistive Devices Form
- Full photo of the beneficiary/ assessment report
- Pro-forma invoice (where the device is not produced by APDK or Jaipur foot project)
- Letter or recommendation from the Area Chief/ Assistant Chief or District Social Development Officer (DSDOs)