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ACCESSIBILITY ASSESSMENT OF TVETS/ NITA INSTITUTIONS IN NAIROBI, KISUMU & MOMBASA
Background to accessibility audit:
The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) in partnership with Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) is carrying out accessibility assessments to find out the level of inclusiveness of private sector and different learning institutions that will be engaged in the implementation of the i2i project.
These partners are relevant to the innovation to inclusion project and are expected to play a pivotal role in enhancing access to soft and technical skills for men and women with disability which in turn will enhance their opportunities to access work and employment. Accessibility assessments will be undertaken in 14 VTIs / TVETS and 30 private businesses within the 2nd and 3nd quarter of 2020
The assessments will find out the standards for accessibility and inclusiveness of these institutions to persons with disability. As such, APDK/CBM has constituted a team that will conduct the assessments. The team constitutes of CBM technical staff, APDK rehabilitation team, Plan International, National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
The purpose of the accessibility assessment is to provide a platform for an ongoing dialogue and reflection on the ease of use, perception and understanding of facilities at the respective institutions which include and not limited to build environment, a service, or a facility. This is in line with CBM’s 7 commitments to enhance accessibility for persons with disability.
The project considers accessibility assessments as the first step in ensuring reasonable adjustments are made to policies, practices, procedures or premises which may create a barrier to people with disabilities.
Objective of the accessibility assessment:
1. Assess whether the working or learning environment is safe and accessible for people with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities;
2. Assess whether the curriculums, human resource policies, procedures and practices prevent discrimination on the basis of disability and gender, and;
3. Set out concrete steps and actions to be taken to improve the working conditions or environment for people with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities.