Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK)
The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) was established in 1958 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the objective of offering rehabilitation and habilitation services to persons with disabilities.
We collaborate with the Ministry of Medical Services, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development and Ministry of Education in service provision. We work through a network of 9 branches located in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kisii, Eldoret, Busia, Machakos and Embu. Most of the Branches are located within the Government’s provincial or district hospitals.
“An inclusive society where persons with different abilities enjoy equal rights and have access to affordable quality rehabilitation services.”
The Mission Statement:
“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”.
In order to meet our objective, we operate the following programmes;
1. Rehabilitation Services
2. Poverty alleviation program (Economic Empowerment/micro credit program)
4. Business Unit
1. REHABILITATION SERVICES:
Orthopaedic Clinics (Institutionalized Therapy)
We work closely with the Ministry of Medical Services in the rehabilitation and habilitation of persons with disabilities. The Ministry of Medical Services provides us with qualified rehabilitation officers to assist in service delivery. Our clinics constitutes of two units; Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. The services provided include;
• Therapy: physiotherapy and Occupational therapy
• Club Foot Care Management (C.T.E.V)
• Assessment and management of neurological cases
• Surgical intervention
• Weekly pediatric clinics
• Counseling and Nutrition Clinics
• Parents’ support groups
• Health Club APDK Rehabilitation Hospital – formerly Polio Port Reitz
The hospital is located in Coast Province and serves persons with disabilities through institutional rehabilitation and community outreach interventions. It has a 60-bed capacity, offering the following services;
• Physio and Occupational Therapy
• Orthopaedic and Prosthesis Fabrication
• Educational Support
• Community Outreach Program
• Capacity Building to other service providers
Orthopaedic Outreach Clinics
The aim of the Outreach clinics is to reach persons with disabilities living in the rural areas who have no access to rehabilitation services. Services offered include;
• Assessment of persons with disabilities (PWD’s) and other ailments, which might bring about disability.
• Treatment of the identified cases
• Training of parent/guardians of persons with disabilities on disability
• Health Education and awareness creation to the community and schools
• Social mobilization and clinical camps
• Provision of assistive devices
Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBR):
Services offered include;
Community awareness and social mobilization
• Provision of supportive devices to the clients
• Assessment of persons with disabilities
• Poverty alleviation program through micro finance programme
• Formation of self help groups
• Collaboration with other stakeholders in management of disabilities
• Referral and placement of persons with disabilities in the community and institutions
• Resource mobilization
• Promotion of inclusion and mainstreaming in all sectors
• Research on disabilities
We work with the Ministry of Medical Services in providing orthopaedic technology services. These services include;
• Identification of clients in need of assistive devices
• Liaise with government’s Orthopedic Technologists on production and operations of the Orthopaedic Workshops.
• Follow-up clients after application of supportive devices
• Prosthetic and Orthotics Research.
• Production of wheelchairs, tricycles and special seating.
Orthopaedic Products fabricated include;
• Surgical boots
• Walking sticks
• Walking frame
We work closely with Bethany Kids, Kikuyu Rehab Hospital, Nyabondo and Machakos Hospital in providing surgical interventions to clients in need of surgery.
These clinics are held on quarterly bases with each Branch having its specific dates set when surgeons from the above hospital assess clients before booking them for surgery. APDK rehabilitation team does follow-ups on clients after surgery.
2. Poverty Alleviation Program (Economic Empowerment)
This is a program where we talk of “Express Poverty Reduction” as a vehicle to fulfilling our mission of empowering persons with disabilities economically, so as to make them become self reliant and fully integrated members of their communities.
To achieve this, we offer the following services to our clients;
1. Identify and recruit our members through the network of existing social empowerment services offered in Outreach (Mobile) Clinic, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program, Internal Clinic and Workshops
2. Training in Group Cohesiveness & Leadership skills
3. Training in Business Skills and simple Book-keeping
4. offer loans at the lowest market rates using the “Grameen method” (Group Guarantor System) and individual Capital Investment of business start up where necessary
• Educational assessment, school placement and appropriate referral through the Ministry of Education (MOE).
• Empowerment to schools on education inclusion and mainstreaming.
• Leisure and recreational activities-
• Inclusive sporting activities
• Operation of Day Care Centers
• School disability awareness program
4. Business unit
The Business unit was set up to offer training, employment and also acts as an outlet for selling products made by persons with disabilities.
APDK operates two sheltered workshops and Fair Trade Shops;
• Likoni Quality Workshop whose objective is to train persons with disabilities in carpentry. To-date, the workshop employs 35 skilled carpenters with various disabilities and has an outlet “Likolulu” which sells quality furniture produced in the workshop.
• APDK also operates Bombolulu Workshop and Cultural Centre which trains persons with disabilities in jewellery making and tailoring. The workshop has employed persons with various disabilities and also operates a Cultural Centre.
• APDK operates Fair Trade Shops which operate as outlets for crafts made by persons with disabilities within and outside APDK programmes. The shops are located in Nairobi (APDK National Office on Waiyaki Way), Bombolulu Cultural Centre and Bombolulu Boutique in Diani.