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School for Disabled Opens in Kabale

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Children with disabilities in Kabale have a reason to smile, thanks to an initiative by World Vision International, which has opened the first school for disabled children in the district.



The Kabale Special Needs Education Center located in Kitanga, Kashambya sub-county, has opened its doors to more than 30 children with disabilities.



Richard Mugayahwenki, the district education Officer in Charge of Special Needs, says that, the new school is in response to a growing number of children with disabilities being confined in homes and the growing stigma around such children.



He says that the district education department will mobilize parents to bring forward any child who has been confined at home because of learning difficulties.



Mugayahwenki says that The School will operate a Universal primary Education program and will operate a boarding section to ease interaction between the disabled children. Children with learning difficulties will be assisted by two British Volunteers from the Foundation for People with Disability.



Children with disabilities will work closely with therapists to learn skills and behaviors through a systematic, structured approach called applied behavioral analysis.



The children will also receive individual speech and occupational therapies with trained specialists on social interaction and everyday tasks.

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