Stephen, works at the  Student Welfare Authority as  Hall Assistant in the Chief Halls Officers Office. He graduated  in  Counseling psychology  from the University of Nairobi. He is interested in disability issues and particularly developmental disability. He has been actively involved in promoting the rights of persons  with intellectual disability and their families in the country for the last three decades.



Rohwerder, B.  2013.  Intellectual disabilities, violent conflict and humanitarian assistance: Advocacy of the forgotten. Disability & Society. 28(6):770-783. Abstractmburugu.pdf

This article examines the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities in violent conflict who have been neglected in practice and academia. Such invisibility, combined with the disabling impact of society, their low priority, and the nature of their impairments, results in a disproportionately negative impact of conflict on people with intellectual disabilities. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including humanitarian workers, this article examines their experiences and analyses how much consideration has been given to people with intellectual disabilities in humanitarian assistance policy and practice in light of their increased need and vulnerability. Lack of awareness and recognition of their diverse experiences can result in their needs failing to be adequately met, which compounds their disproportionately negative experience of conflict. It is important to finally start paying attention in order to ensure their inclusion in humanitarian responses.

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