On 24 July, 2018 the Governments of
Kenya and the UK join hands with the International Disability
Alliance to co-host the first ever Global Disability Summit.
The Summit, which takes place in
London following a Kenya national disability summit held in
Nairobi in May, aims to galvanise efforts to address
disability inclusion around the world.
It will showcase good practice and
innovation from Kenya and elsewhere, and ensure that people
with disabilities, including older people with disabilities,
are consistently and systematically included in
international development and humanitarian interventions.
Talal Waheed, Africa Regional
Inclusion Advisor at HelpAge International, said: “Women,
men and children with disabilities across all age groups
face syst-ematic neglect throughout their life course in
various developing countries, including Kenya.
“When age and gender intersect with
disability, the vulnerability of persons with
disabilities is multiplied.
Jane Miano-committed to voice out issues of ageing with
“For example, an older woman with
visual disability, who is a refugee or displaced and may have
lost her glasses or other assistive device, is more likely than
a person without disability to face social, environmental and
“Mainstream organisations, technical
organisations working on inclusion, donors and government
departments have to pay more attention to involve older people
with disabilities throughout the lifecycle of their project
funding,” said Talal.
For too long, people with disabilities
have not been included in conversations on policies and actions that
affect them. But that is changing.
Jane Miano is a 69 year old activist
and Kenyan delegate who will be speaking about her experience of
ageing with a disability at the Summit.
Jane has been living with disability
Thanks to effective advocacy and
lobbying, many people living with disabilities now receive a monthly
However as a pensioner, Jane does not
qualify for this stipend and her pension is not enough to meet the
extra costs of a volunteer to provide the support she needs to move
Jane Miano said:“The Kenya government
has done much aimed at improving the welfare of people living with
disabilities, but there is a lot more to be done.
“I and many others like me still
cannot access public transport and buildings as the design of
vehicles, public bus stops and buildings are not friendly”.
Luke Kizito, founder of Signs TV,
Kenya’s first television station targeted at people with hearing
impairment said:“In the last few years, the government has gone out
of its way to raise the level of awareness on issues of people
living with disabilities using a variety of channels including mass
“Right now, Kenyans know that all
people, including those living with disabilities, have rights,
although there are still cases of discrimination perpet-rated
against people living with disabilities in employment and
“We still have parents who hide their
children born with disabilities from public view denying them
the right to education. These children grow into dependence when
they age,” he said.
The Global Disability Summit is
attended by Government Minis-ters, heads of donor agencies and civil
society organisations, and corporate CEOs.
As a stakeholder, we at HelpAge
International hope it will deliver real progress on the rights of
people with disabilities of all ages.