In rural Uganda a child born with a disability is destined for a life of dependency. For the poor this burden can be extreme. Disabled children can be a social, financial, mental and physical burden to their parents and families at large. Through lack of knowledge and skills of the family, the children do not get the appropriate help they need. The children do not go to school and hardly leave their homes. Therefore, they are not challenged and do not develop mentally or physically. Families will often favor a healthy child over a disabled child, when it comes to food and attention.
In the THUMBS UP Model center, the activities are geared towards training parents of children with disabilities. These will include:
- Sign language training for the deaf people
- Early Childhood Assessment for children
- Federal Parent Training,
- Juvenile Justice
- Family Networking
- Parent Supportive Group-Micro Saving scheme
- Rehabilitation training
- Mobility training to the blind people
- Bee farming
Thumbs Up centre is the first model Center for training parents of children with disabilities in Africa where disabled minors are inspired to be roots and seeds of their community.
Thumbs Up Uganda can be seen as a movement of parents who embrace the uniqueness of their children. It trains children, youth and parents of children with disabilities and it changes the mindset of the broader society. Together with the parents we want to create a Thumbs UP academy for children with special needs, but all children regardless of their disability have special needs.
THUMBS UP UGANDA, is an organization that campaigns against superstitious beliefs and discrimination against people with disabilities through “Peer Education”
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Thumbs Up ‘best practice’ really mean:
To offers and seek on the best way to approach something by gathering all the knowledge we have about what works, how it works,why it works and what doesn’t work in certain contexts or situations. Through a continual process of learning, feedback, reflection and analysis. We determine the needs of our beneficiaries by using “peer education”
Peer Education for persons with disability:
According to Thumbs Up- Uganda, a Peer is one that is of equal standing with another, one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age group, grade, background or status. The ‘peer education’ indicate a process whereby those of the same societal group or social standing like Children, Youth and Parents of children with disabilities are educating each other.
Advocates through peer education:
Peer education in itself draws on the credibility that young people with disability have with their peers, which then leverages the power of being a role model, and provides flexibility in addressing the diverse needs of youth and parents of children with disabilities. Therefore, Peer education is a path to follow and can support young people in developing positive norms that governance groups, families, societies and in making healthy decisions about what oppressed them.
WHO WE SERVE:
THUMBS UP UGANDA works with parents of children with disabilities giving solutions to the problems observed in homes, communities and schools;
At home level:
Empowering the parents to address the needs of their children through trainings.
Group parents of children with disabilities according to the needs of their children.
Form supportive parents groups.
Community awareness on disability rights
Life skills training
Mobility training to the parents of children with disability
Training master trainers to help monitor the supportive groups of parents
Initiate saving schemes and income generating activities
Monthly training of parents of children with disabilities
Training mobility skills
Open inclusive learning centre for children with special needs
Training teachers on curriculum modification to include differentiated students
Help to assess children with disabilities for right placement in schools
Training disability awareness and rights in schools