World Health Organization estimates that approximately 12% of any population is disabled. It also estimates that of the 10% only 5.8% of persons with disabilities need to be provided with services.
The United Nations Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for PWDs (1991) urges all nations to show strong commitment on equalization of opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The National Policy on Disability in Uganda therefore, aims at promoting equal opportunities for enhanced empowerment, participation and protection of rights of PWDs irrespective of gender, age and type of disability.
This is in recognition that PWDs can perform to their full potential given the same conditions and opportunities irrespective of their social, economic and cultural backgrounds.The Policy is to guide and inform the planning process, resource allocation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities with respect to PWDs concerns at all levels.
Most of the PWDs have little attention from been supported, there are cases of rejection by their parents or relatives indoors as a curse.
World Action Fund, has a data base of over 5000 of PWDs, and has only provided appliances, to 1450 beneficiaries, not every PWD needs appliances, others need surgery or correction, speech training, or other types of support, due to limited funding, we dont support, government has very little budget to support many cases in every sub-county $167 is provided to every lowest administration unit to PWDs, thus having limited impact on ground
Youth and disability
Although the concerns of youth have been raised generally, the diverse issues of youth with disabilities have not been specifically handled. Through personal and peer experiences mostly in the rural and urban areas of Uganda, youth with disabilities have experienced untold violations of rights, they have been subjected to marginalization, stereo typing, and negative attitudes by communities and the very families from which they were born and raised. This has led to lack of education or poor quality education to Youth with Disabilities, the resultant unemployment and permanent life frustrations leading to poverty situations, risky behaviour leading to HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and street begging among others. The situation worsens when it comes to Youth with Disabilities in war torn areas of especially the Northern and some Western parts of the country. Many of them are new with disability as they were disabled by the war and its effect. They are looked at as outcasts in society and have no means of rehabilitation under the guidance of professionals. Many of them have lost the chance to get education due to long distance, inaccessibility of schools and the general lack of interest by parents and guardians.
Youth with Disabilities have not been specifically targeted. Despite of the existence of many disabled peoples organisations in Uganda, there is no specific DPO handling the unique and diverse issues of YWDs. Consequently, the youth have not been effectively streamlined; Such neglect forgets the fact that youth with disabilities too are significant assets and thus contribute to the sustainable development, peace, democratic administration and good governance in the country. Some Youth with Disabilities who have benefited from affirmative action have clearly manifested that given an opportunity they can become very productive and greatly contribute to the development of the country. Youth with disabilities cannot access both formal and informal employment. Those who are educated are denied jobs because the severe disabilities. Youth with disabilities can not favourably compete with the non disabled peers in the job market because they have mobility challenges and cannot access information. Meanwhile information are not Brailed for the Blind/Visually impaired, the Deaf cannot afford interpretation fees required by sign language interpreters because of poverty, coupled with limited access to public places..Check more details Uganda Bureau of Statistics
Adults and children
Children and adults suffer with multiple disabilities in Uganda, and they are often deprived from access services as they are considered a curse by the communities