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Disability is universal, a development priority and a human rights issue. Over a billion people, about 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability – 1 in 7 people. (WHO report on disability 2019). Kenya has identified disability agenda as a critical development issue to be mainstreamed into all the sectors. The mainstreaming process is anchored on the international and regional instruments, local policy and institutional frameworks. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) obligates Kenya as a signatory, to ensure and promote the full realization of the human rights of Persons with disabilities across the broad development sphere. At national level, the Constitution of Kenya 2010, the National Disability Policy 2018 and the Persons with Disability Act, 2003 serve as the anchor of the promotion of the rights of persons with disability in Kenya.
Despite disability being regarded as a core development and human rights issue, persons with disability are discriminated and considered a burden to the society. To improve the quality of life of Persons with disabilities and to enhance socio-economic development, Kenya cannot afford to leave behind persons with disability in matters of development. The Convention of rights of persons with disability (CRPD) recognizes accessibility as a stand-alone right (article. 9) and that removal of the multiple barriers to access in society is a key requirement for the inclusion of Persons with disabilities. Kenya is strive to create a barrier free and inclusive society