Based in Fort Portal, in the Kabarole District of western Uganda, KCDC was established to provide much needed high quality, specialised and affordable assessment, treatment, education and support to children with disabilities, and their families and carers, to enable them to lead more independent lives.
We provide occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech language therapy assessment and rehabilitation to children aged 0-16, in order to help them to meet their developmental goals. We work to ensure the children achieve their optimum potential, that maximal function is achieved and the effect of disability minimised, so that they may overcome many of the barriers that they and their families face.
Looking after children with disabilities or children with special needs places huge burdens on families and carers. KCDC also provides training, education and support to families, carers and communities in the care of children and young adults with special needs.
KCDC also serves as a focal point for information, advocacy and networking for familes and communities in the area, providing relevant information to empower the community to make informed decisions about their health. In addition, we lobby and advocate for fair policies and laws that affect the daily life of the disabled community through research, networking and strategic alliance building.
KCDC offers a unique intervention in children with disabilities’ lives through a holistic approach that aims at “helping all children reach their full life potential”. Our strategies are research and rights based, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Charter of 2006 to which Uganda is a signed up and ratified member country. Our mission follows closely the country ‘s Vision 2040 theme that aims at bringing all Ugandans above the poverty line by 2040. We believe that our interventions now will play a significant part in making both the UN and Ugandan goals bear desired fruits in future.
Since 2014 we have:
Treated 483 children with a wide range of disabilities
Run 13 community outreach days in different parishes across Kabarole District, seeing more than 492 children and adults
Worked regularly in 5 schools with 75 children with disabilities, promoting access to education and supporting both the teachers and students with individual educational needs
Increased our team to include 3 physiotherapists, 2 occupational therapists, 1 speech therapy assistant/nurse, 1 orthopaedic officer, 1 community health worker and 1 driver/maintenance officer
Provided monthly outreach clinics to 7 health centres across the district
Provided more than 135 pieces of specialist adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, CP chairs, walking frames and splints
Provided training to 147 nursing and medical staff, 25 teachers and 40 community workers
70 children attended our first annual inclusive sports and family fun day, while 155 children attended our second annual end of year party
Equality for children with disabilities
Create equal opportunities for children with disabilities in Uganda
Provision of specialist therapy services
Promote awareness and education of disability amongst community members
Give technical training to caregivers
Integrate suitable social enterprises into the fabric of KCDC to economically empower participating families
Development through Play – We are all on the same playing field
Child Focused – It’s all about the kids
Transparent – We do what we said we would do
Empathy – We have understanding of family challenges
Inclusive – We respect everyone and do not discriminate
Efficiency – Things get done by doing them
Positivity – Always look on the bright side of life