MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
The Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation has a long and rich tradition in the training of teachers and other professionals in special needs education, rehabilitation, and inclusive development. The mission of the faculty is to ensure equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities and other special needs through human resource development and production of assistive devices for the promotion of learning and independent living. For this reason, all the students who study at the faculty undertake courses that are uniquely designed with skills in braille, sign language, mobility and orientation skills, early identification of learning needs and impairments in children, young people, and adults.
In addition, the Faculty, through its outreach programme collaborates with organisations of persons with disability and development partners in disability, special needs, inclusive education and rehabilitation to promote social justice and inclusive development. The undergraduate and graduate programmes offered are located under the departments of Adult and Community Education (ACE), Community and Disability Studies (CDS) and Special Needs Studies (SNS). There are approximately 1037 students studying different courses in the faculty serviced by well-qualified staff majorly with Doctoral Degrees and especially skilled in their areas of expertise in disability, special needs and inclusive education, rehabilitation, adult education, community development, and social justice. The technical staff provide support services through Uganda Sign Language Interpreting, Mobility Guide and reading for the blind, and disability assessment and speech and language therapy.
Heads of Departments:
- Stakus OKWAPUT (PhD -UiO, Norway) – Department of Special Needs
- Patrick OJOK (PhD – Ilinois, Chicago, USA) – Department of Community and Disability Studies
- Michael David SUMANI (MACE -MuK) – Department of Adult and Community Education
PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECTS
The Faculty has a strong collaboration with development partners with a view of promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other special needs. The following projects are currently being run in collaboration with other partners.
This NORHED (Norwegian) supported programme is being implemented in collaboration with the University of Oslo- Norway, University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE). The main activities are
- Human resource development at PhD and Masters level education
- Development of web-page on Sensory impairments (Visual, Hearing, and Deafblind) Enable Portal
- Research in sensory impairments through Postdoctoral scholarships
The Royal Dutch (Netherlands) government through its centre for the blind and partially sighted (Visio) is working with the Faculty to screen, assess and rehabilitate students in ten secondary schools identified as having low vision. This programme involves the Ministry of Health (Eye Rehabilitation department) Ministry of Education (Special Needs and Inclusive Education) and Regional Eye Hospitals where the schools are located.
Teacher Education Development for Inclusive Education
This is a programme being implemented in collaboration with Sight Savers Uganda Country Office, Ministry of Education and Sports (departments of Teacher Instructor, Education, and Training as well as Special Needs and Inclusive Education), National Union of Disabled People of Uganda (NUDIPU) and Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC). It is meant to
- Train tutors from all government and private Primary Teacher Colleges to develop skills to implement the special needs education component in the PTC curriculum. The intention is to pass out teachers with an inclusive orientation to support all children in their classes
- Advocate for inclusive policy and provision that takes into consideration the needs of persons with disabilities.
PAGEL – Speech and Language Therapy Interventions
The Faculty is collaborating with the Leibniz University in Hannover (Germany), Kenyatta University and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences to implement a speech and language therapy intervention for babies, young children, adults and seniors (elders). The first phase of the programme has been on human resource development for a sustainable speech and Language Therapy support in a form that is cost-effective for the country.
In addition, the Faculty has partnered with many Civil Society Organizations (CSO)and institutions to promote the inclusion of learners with disabilities and guide on rehabilitation services needed. These include Cheshire Services Uganda, World Vision and Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (Mubende Rehabilitation Unit). The Center for Visual Impairment which is currently being used as the Disability Support Center serves all students with disabilities across the university who need their coursework and reading materials modified in a form that can be easy to read. Other persons with disabilities visit the centre to seek different rehabilitation and professional support for independent living. The services are offered as a contribution of the University to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the National Development Plan on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The following services are at your disposal
- Production and transcription of all print materials in Braille,
- Testing and production of the ear mould
- Production of low-cost assistive devices
- Assessment of disabilities and other special needs as well as providing early stimulation for preschool or learners with severe learning needs at Early Childhood Learning and Assessment Center (ECLAC).
DEPARTMENTS IN OUR FACULTY
Department of Adult and Community Education
The department is a Chair for UNESCO for Kyambogo University in Adult education development and offers the following programmes:
- Bachelor of Adult and Community Education (BACE) – 3 years
- Certificate in Adult Education (CACE) – 1 year
These programmes are uniquely grounded in addressing community development and special needs of adults with different categories of Disabilities (PWDs)and other special needs to realize their potential and contribute to personal and national development.
Currently, the Department offers Programmes that emphasize the rehabilitation and promotion of human rights, social justice, empowerment and equalization of opportunities of persons with disabilities and other special needs. The programmes admit both direct entrants (A ‘level leavers) and in-service officers to study during the day and evening into:
- Post Graduate Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation (PGD CBR) – 1 Year (study time flexible)
- Bachelor of Community Based Rehabilitation (BCBR) – 3 Years
- Bachelor of Community Development and Social Justice(BCDSJ) – 3 Years
- Diploma in Mobility and Rehabilitation (DMR) – 2 Years
- Diploma in Community Based Rehabilitation (DCBR)- 2 Years
Department of Special Needs Studies
The department comprises programme that was started at the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo and later the Uganda National Institute of Special Education (UNISE) in training of teachers and production of assistive devices and learning materials. It offers programmes that prepare individuals to be teachers of the blind and low vision (visual impairment), deaf and hard of hearing (hearing impairment and of children with autism, down syndrome and other forms of neurological difficulties (intellectual Impairment). The following programmes are offered:
- Masters in Special Needs Education – 2years
- 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 Deaf Education – 2 years (New)
- Certificate in Sign Language Interpretation -1 year (New)
I call upon all of you to reach out to us for tailor-made training, advice on interventions and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and other special needs as well as utilizing our immense expertise for consultancies.
Telephone: +256 414 222 961
Dean: Lawrence ERON (PhD – UiO, Norway)
North of the University, after Kulubya hall and the Mosque