Approximately 13% of Ugandan children are living with some form of disability. In order to ensure the protection of these 2.5 million children from violence, poverty and poor access to healthcare, international organizations, such as UNICEF, have stressed that it is indispensable to focus on social inclusion of children living with a disability in education, rehabilitation, cultural and recreational activities.
Twelve respondents were recruited from the parent’s support group of a non-governmental
organization (NGO) established to improve the quality of lives of children with special needs. The NGO is located in a densely populated area consisting predominantly of informal dwellings on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. The parents documented the ways in which their children with a disability are included in society and the role of the family in this inclusion.
Results of this Photovoice research project indicate that family functioning, socio-economic status, and social capital are important factors in stimulating their child’s social inclusion. This research has the potential to plug a gap in the understanding of social inclusion of children with a disability and its barriers in resource limited settings.
Akiki’s brother is helping him to keep up with his inclusive education homework
Photographer: Aisha Zalwanga
Abbo’s grandmother is teaching her personal hygiene, which is important for social inclusion
Photographer: Naome Kibiera
Miremba’s sister gives support and company to her at all times, in all circumstances – benefiting her social inclusion
Photographer: Gerevase Rubayombya
Namono likes playing with other children in the streets, but sometimes those children fear her because of her different behaviour –negatively impacting her social inclusion
Photographer: Sylvia Turyahabwe