Activity and participation among children with cognitive and physical disabilities in Kenya

University essay from Högskolan i Jönköping/Hälsohögskolan

Abstract: Background: The possibility of activity and participation is just as important for a child with physical and cognitive disability as for any other child, but the challenges are more extensive for these children when it comes to participation in activities and taking part in social life. Aim: to describe the staffs perception of schoolchildrens activity and participation in schools for children with cognitive and physical disabilities in Kenya. Dataanalysis: A qualitative method was used with semistructured interviews. A purposive sampling was made to select participants for the study. For the analysis a qualitative contentanalysis was used. Result: Barriers for activity and participation among children with  physical and cognitive disabilities in kenya are threats, as dangerous t5raffic, mismanagement and abuse, inaccessibility to school and in schoolbuildings, insufficient  support form the gouvernment and community, discrimination and stigmatization from society, poverty and insufficient support from parents. The schools and the teachers are supporting the children in many ways. Conclusion: Measures need to be taken to increase the possibility of activity and participation among children with disabilities in Kenya.

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