I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our esteemed clients to the Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation (FSNR), Kyambogo University (KYU). FSNR is such a unique faculty that assumes responsibility, starting from where other faculties, or service providers stop. Way back in 1988 this great faculty started as a Department of Special Education, under the defunct Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo (ITEK). Ten years, later, in 1998 the department was upgraded, and under the Act of Parliament became an autonomous institute, known as the Uganda National Institute of Special Education (UNISE), permitted to train teachers and other professionals for the award of ITEK diplomas and Makerere University degrees, respectively.
With the establishment of Kyambogo University in 2001, two years later, in 2003, UNISE was merged to become part of Kyambogo University. In that event the institute status was revoked, so UNISE was customized into a Faculty status. Plans are underway to reverse this status to an institute soon. Currently the Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation comprises three departments, namely: Adult and Community Education (ACE), Community and Disability Studies (CDS) and Special Needs Studies (SNS).
DEPARTMENT OF ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION
1. Bachelor of Adult and Community Education (BACE) â€“ 3 years
2. Certificate in Adult Education (CACE) â€“ 1 year
These programmes are very unique as they are grounded in adult and community education and in addition integrate many useful aspects of community development and special needs. The graduates of the programmes are well equipped to address the needs of different categories of people in communities, including People with Disabilities (PWDs) to realize their potential and contribute to personal and national development.
The department has linkages with the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Kenya Institute of Special Education, Patandi Teachersâ€™ College, many NGOs, CBOs and FBOs. The department collaborates with a renowned international adult education NGO (dvv international) in the areas of teaching/learning materials development and research.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND DISABILITY STUDIES
Currently the Department offers five Programmes as shown below.
1. Post Graduate Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation (PGD CBR) â€“ 1 Year
2. Bachelor of Community Based Rehabilitation (BCBR) â€“ 3 Years
3. Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Community Development (BA SWCD) â€“ 3 Years
4. Diploma in Mobility and Rehabilitation (DMR) â€“ 2 Years
5. Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation (DCBR) â€“ 2 Years
This Department is known for its unique programmes offered in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Mobility and Rehabilitation in Africa. They emphasize practical skills by carrying out community practice/field works two times.
These courses have attracted applicants from other parts of Africa and Europe. We have had applicants from the Gambia in West Africa and Denmark pursuing a Diploma in Mobility and Rehabilitation.
In addition to the programmes that were developed, the Department went ahead to Intitutional linkages with the Institute of Child Health, London. This was done through Prof. Sally Hartley of East Anglia University. This linkage culminated into the CARD Project where the staff of Kyambogo University are given opportunity to carry out Research together with other stakeholders, with the support of KA TUTANDIKE as Funders.
DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDIES
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Needs Education (1 year)
Bachelor of Education in Special Needs Education (2 years)
Diploma in Special Needs Education (2 years)
Diploma in Sign Language Interpretation (2 years)
Certificate in Audio-Video Production (1 year proposed)
Certificate in Sign Language Interpretation (1 year proposed)
The department has a Braille Production Unit and receives orders from individuals and institutions in Uganda. It also has a workshop for assistive devices which is used for both teaching and production purposes. In addition, it has an SNE Materials Production and Information Services Unit.
Dr. John. B. Okech, B.Ed (Mak), MA (Mak), M.Ed. (New Castle Upon Tyne), PhD (Durham), Adv. Dip.(Durham), Dean Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation