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APDK's History

Introduction 

Having been established in 1958, “The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya” is one of the oldest and most effective organizations for persons with disabilities in Kenya.

Since it’s inception, APDK has assisted and rehabilitated over 600,000 persons with disabilities through a network of 10 branches and comprehensive programmers ranging from medical rehabilitation, therapeutic services, community based rehabilitation, educational programmers, vocational training, employment, self employment through micro financing and provision of appliances and mobility aids.

With currently over 350 employees, trainees and Government attached personnel, APDK provides life changing support to persons with disability from the poorest families with a focus on children in rural and slum areas.

Formation of “The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya “

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Association is: To enable persons with disability to overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially to become self reliant and fully integrated members of their communities.

During meetings held by the Federation of Social Services in 1957, it was felt that  “Employment of adult African cripples and Training of crippled or deaf and dumb African children” required a solution. At the same time, the Minister for Local Government was interested in the establishment of a Rehabilitation Center where children with disability could receive physiotherapy.

Subsequently the “Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya” (APDK) was established and the first meeting was held in March 1958.

APDK held its first Annual General Meeting in 1960 and Sir. Derek Erskine was elected Patron. Mr. Moody Awori, who was a founding member of APDK, became a member of the committee in 1962 and was elected Vice Chairman. In 1963 he was elected Chairman, an office he has held ever since, which is an admirable record of service to the Nation and the disability fraternity in particular. Click to read APDK's History Chronologically 

APDK has been a pacesetter in disability matters in Kenya having pioneered the first;

  • Vocational training of persons with disabilities  - The Industrial Rehabilitation Centre (IRC) handed over to the government in 1971
  • Children's Orthopedic Clinic, Nairobi  in 1962 offering physiotherapy, surgical intervention and provision of the assistive devices.
  • The first Orthopedic Workshop at Kabete Workshops in 1965 for the fabrication of assistive devices; crutches, calipers, polio boots and knee caps 
  • Mobile clinics in 1968 to assist survivors of poliomyelitis 
  • Special School for children with disabilities - Nile Road Special School, Nairobi was started in 1965
  • Employment of persons with disabilities in sheltered workshops in 1971 at Likoni Quality Workshops in Mombasa
  • Hosted the first International Conference on disability - The 17th Rehabilitation International World Congress in 1992 leading to the formation of United Disabled Person of Kenya (UDPK) and other DPOs
  • The First Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Program in the 1999 in the informal settlement areas of Mukuru and Pumwani.Nairobi 
  • Mainstreaming Disability in Education through the CCBR Programs
  • The first Cerebral Palsy Unit started in Parklands Primary school to act as a stepping stone towards school inclusion 
  • Management of Club Foot using the Ponsetti method in Kenya 2003
  • Started Home Schooling for children with disability in the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Program, Nairobi 
  • Provision of local wheelchair services using the WHO Guidelines 

 

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