Disability Mainstreaming Unit
Disability issues in the University environment exist in physical, academic and social dimensions. People with disabilities are likely to be affected by poorly equipped learning environments. The University has, through the Disability Mainstreaming Unit, outlined strategies to deal with issues of disability issues in our midst. One of the key objectives of the University is to produce well educated, skilled and competent manpower through its academic programmes, and student and staff welfare activities. The main strategy for realising this objective is the establishment of scholarship funds for disadvantaged students. The University also aims to attract, develop, motivate and retain qualified and competent staff. The strategy under this objective is to apply affirmative action to ensure participation of staff with special needs.
To achieve its disability mainstreaming goals, the University appointed the Disability Mainstreaming Board in 2015 to spearhead disability related issues. The Board has since developed a disability mainstreaming policy, whose thrust is to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. The Committee has grown into a unit, which has so far undertaken the following: Sensitization of staff and students on disability issues; Monitoring and evaluation of all mainstreaming activities to ensure that the environment is disability friendly; Intensive accessibility audit in November 2015 involving staff from National Council for Persons with Disabilities; Designation of parking areas for persons with disabilities; Sensitization of staff and students with disabilities on the importance of registration with National Council for Persons with Disabilities; Introduction of sign language interpretation during SEKU graduation ceremony to promote equity; Assisted students with disabilities to apply for Educational assistance from NCPWDs and managed to get sponsorship of Ksh 140,000 for two students at Wote Campus.