Why “Uncle John” needs to be considered by the new sharif! Author Mugambi Paul.

Kenyans with disabilities have equal rights to participate in and contribute to the society in which they live.
This is to say they are supposed to contribute to the political, social, cultural and economic spheres as envisaged in the constitution 2019 and uncrpd 2006.

Over the past two decades, there has been increasing recognition of disability inclusion within local and global development, and substantial progress has been made towards planning and instigating policies and programs that are disability-inclusive.
I opine, most African countries like Malawi, have benchmarked with Kenya in their pursuit for disability inclusive agendas [social protection 2018].
For example, persons with disability act 2003, draft disability policy, tax exemption regulation 2009, employment regulation 2009 employment act 2007 public procurement act, disability mainstreaming strategy 2018 etc.
This has seen the addressing of barriers related to inequities, poverty, and poor access to healthcare, education, social protection measures and employment opportunities experienced by Kenyans with disabilities.
Despite the successes achieved by the stakeholders in the disability sector.
There is need to enhance public participation and greater engagement of persons with disabilities from various backgrounds and the intention should be of ensuring quality representation.
As a public policy scholar, I observe most public policies have been developed based on insisted publics not the insisted publics [Carol 2018[I believe this trend can change. This will require inclusion involving people with disabilities across development policy and program design, and disability-targeted interventions.
There are glaring gaps between the rural persons with disabilities and the urban dwellers who are aware of the services and also rights of persons with disabilities. The disability sausage escapades show there is much to do to reduce the inequalities that exist even among persons with disabilities.

There is light at the end of the tunnel where the ganging fruits will be soon be ripe.
I perceive drastic measures will affix some monotonous procedures. That existed. More over the new sharif in town is a firm believer transformation.
Never the less, Disability inclusion is both a process and an outcome, ensuring people with disabilities meaningfully participate in development activities and enjoy the benefits of policies and programs on an equal basis with others. Evidence-based disability-inclusive policies and programming require reliable data on people with disabilities and their experiences. There have been several advancements in the methods for measuring disability, data collection methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods), and reporting in recent years in the sector.
This Special Issue intends to strengthen the evidence-base on disability-inclusive global development, documenting both research methods and results related.
What does this open letter entail?
The passion of elaborate change of doing things.
For seventeen years persons with disabilities in Kenya have never enjoyed access to the Uncle John’s palace at the headquarters.
My sisters and brothers with mobility impairment can bare me witness!
Will the legacy of the new sharif in town break this barrier?
Evidently just like most public offices, when one has to visited the “Uncle john’s palace” if you may like accessible toilet, your met with a heavy lock.
After inquiry you are advised its normally a storage facility.
From my random sampling of visitors at the HQ where most persons with disabilities seek services, we don’t have an uncle john’s palace. The only one that exists is normally closed.

Of course, this is not the best way the neighbor might treat the visitors, I be certain of they will have better outcome.
Additionally, at the county and market levels most county government have provided this facility for free but surprisingly, it is not accessible for persons with disabilities.
What happens to persons with disabilities when nature demands?
Most persons with mobility impairments are forced not to seek uncle john’s palace services!
sharing the dream:
A day will come when NCPWD will have grand offices. Of which they will have conducted proper accessibility audit and boys, girls, men and women with different impairments will enjoy not just the services they will be seeking but even uncle John’s palace.
Most public and private sector will eventually get a place to benchmark what accessibility means.
Will any agency, friends of the disabled or government itself come and support this dream of many persons with disabilities?
Will we a day come when we shall join with ululation and grand celebrations for the achievement?

Why you need to buy this book on Spinal Cord Injury Author Mugambi Paul

Many a times we take for granted our basic performance of tasks but for persons with disabilities one has to adapt.
At a glance I took a scrutiny of fellow persons with disabilities and I had a chance of reviewing a book which is currently on amazon by Anderson.
Grab your copy and learn how to cope with Spinal Cord Injury.

*Body Temperature Regulation Following a Spinal Cord Injury*

/ Spinal Cord Injury Care

A spinal cord injury is likely to affect the human body in a number of different ways. Reduced mobility is perhaps the most obvious issue that an individual will have to deal with following a spinal cord injury, but there are many other challenges they may have to face and changes in their body which they will experience.

A lot will depend on the severity and the level of the spinal cord injury. Bowel and bladder control may be affected and the individual may also experience muscle spasms and have impaired sexual function.

Another issue that often arises following a spinal cord injury is body temperature regulation. This is particularly true for cervical and high thoracic (T6 or above) injuries.

Here we take a closer look at body temperature regulation and how this can be impacted by an injury to the spinal cord.

*How Can Body Temperature Regulation be Affected by a Spinal Cord Injury? *

Many people don’t realize just how important temperature regulation is for the body to be able to function normally.

Much of the time thermoregulation takes place without us hardly realizing it is going on. We sweat when we exercise or when it’s hot outside. Our faces get red as we try to lose more heat. Our blood vessels reduce in size when we need to retain heat in cold weather.

Every moment of everyday, our bodies are making minor adjustments to ensure optimal performance. If we are unable to regulate body temperature in extreme circumstances, it can cause significant health problems.

As part of thermoregulation, one needs to be able to feel when it is getting too cold or too hot. Normally, signals will be sent up and down the spinal cord to the hypothalamus in the brain. When we get too hot, we find a way to cool off. Too cold and we put on an extra jumper or two.

When this connection is severed, individuals may have to take a more direct role regarding body temperature regulation. It often means that they have to be a lot more aware about the potential effects of body temperature. This is particularly true with injuries that occur higher up the spinal cord and where a greater amount of the body is affected.

*Signs and Symptoms Associated with Thermoregulation Issues*

A individual with a spinal cord injury may experience something like sweating disturbance. Because the body can’t regulate temperature, it can mean the individual gets too hot or too cold without any physical intervention. That can lead to conditions such as hypothermia, if they don’t realize they are in a potentially dangerous situation.

In some cases, sweating occurs above the level of injury but not below, for example. This can make it difficult for body temperature regulation, especially during exercise.

Symptoms that suggest the body may be struggling with thermoregulation include:

*Feeling dizzy or sick during hot weather Headaches In cold weather, the individual may feel chilled but is unable to shiver or the arteries don’t constrict to save heat.*

*Prevention and Management Tips*

The management of body temperature regulation for individuals with a spinal cord injury is largely focused on awareness. It means carefully controlling the surrounding environment and understanding the risks that are involved.

In hot weather, that means not staying out too long and avoiding direct sunlight. Lack of sensation can also mean that individuals are more prone to sunburn. Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated in hot weather is also important.

In colder weather, it’s all about ensuring the individual is wearing sufficient clothing to keep them warm. This can be a difficult balancing act in some weather conditions as it’s also important to avoid overheating too. In particular, during extreme weather ensuring that extremities like the hands and feet are covered with gloves and socks and kept dry is important.

If the individual is too hot and the temperature needs to be brought down, there are a number of things that can be done immediately. The first is to get out of the hot weather and find somewhere cool, such as an air-conditioned room or a place with a fan. Remove any clothing that may be too hot and sponge off the body with cold water.

Drinking more fluids can also help. If the individual is too cold and the body temperature is low, it’s important to start warming the individual up as quickly as possible.

Again, find a warm room and use a blanket or two to help bring the body temperature up. If there is extreme cold, lying close to the person and exchanging body heat can also help..

Www.mugambipaul.comNavigating the rocky terrain of disability is stressful, to say the least. The journey is even more stressful when you acquire disability later in life through accident or illness. It takes a toll on your psychological and social wellness and if not well navigated it can lead to depression and eventual painful slow death.

This experience-based disability handbook is a guide through that journey. The author is a quadriplegic following a gunshot injury sustained on his spine's cervical vertebrae 4. The injury, sustained in 2011 left him paralyzed from the shoulders downward.

In this handbook, he shares his experiences which he has compiled into the top 23 toughest obstacles he has encountered along his journey, and the journeys of others he has interacted with along the way. He also shares his experience-based tips on conquering the obstacles.

Through this handbook, he aims to help the disabled, especially those with newly acquired disabilities in their journeys towards healing and acceptance. He also aims to enlighten their families, friends and the general society on their plights, needs and treatment.

The handbook is a must read for not only persons with disabilities but also their families, friends and the society in general. Grab your copy today.


"I have found that the only thing that does bring you happiness is doing something good for somebody who is incapable of doing it for themselves."

-- David Letterman

Is the 4th wave coming? Author Paul Mugambi

Generally speaking, Global south national are facing triple effects of Covid. As the 3rd wave is ranging havoc, its crystal clear that prioritization of persons with disabilities should be high considered.
Several studies have affirmed that persons with disabilities are at a higher risk.
It is not yet clear even after the first and second wave why persons with disabilities have not been prioritized in the global south measures in regards to social, health and economic fronts. As a public scholar I believe that it is the right of all persons with disabilities to receive access to the available COVID-19 vaccines, in an equitable and fully accessible manner, in the location that meets their needs. Additionally, I believe that people with disabilities, as all people, should be given the right to choose when and if vaccination is appropriate.
I understand that some people with disabilities live with “high risk” conditions that make them more susceptible to either contracting the COVID-19 virus or being at severe risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19. The I also take note that underserved communities, including rural communities, slum communities and communities in economically disadvantaged areas often receive fewer COVID-19 relief resources, including vaccines. I believe that these communities deserve higher priority, both in terms of resources and access to the vaccine. While disability sausage media believes strongly that all people with disabilities should be eligible for vaccinations, I also believe that it is in line with our values as a nation to prioritize the needs of disadvantaged and “high risk” communities, even within the disability community.
I also take note of the Kenyan constitution on the social economic pillars.
From the media reports Vaccine allocation and distribution seems to be a complex process.

At the national and county levels the ministry of health needs to be mindful and avail accessible ways of distribution and vaccination processes. Persons with disabilities.
Its high time the role out engaged organizations of persons with disabilities in the Covid battle.
Live no one behind should be the clarion call.

Technology accident Author Mugambi Paul:

Technology accident
Author Mugambi Paul:generally speaking accessibility is a right to all.
This seems not to be the case.
Evidently with the recent updates or for those who have either bout new toys in the market or some whose devices got crashed things seems to be different.
ramification and effects of technology during Covid 2019 is now highly being felt.
I wonder is it the challenge of the screen readers or is it the Microsoft team who have ensured that when we blind fellows are typing, we cant hear what we are doing.
This is very unfortunate since we relight on the sense of hearing.
If one has no braille device one can not know what he or she is written.
Of late this has been a challenge.
Will companies, employers find alternative to this barrier which is intended to lock out the blind?
I have tried with narrator screen reader its able to read but am yet to learn its keystrokes.
This brings me to another appeal to the screen readers developers to think of universal designs of keystrokes. Obviously, this might not sound good for business but we the blind are forced to learn many keystrokes while our sighted counterparts just easily use their eyes and other devices with ease.
I believe accessibility is an attribute while inclusive design is a methodology
If the challenge which I have presented is by screen readers of Microsoft office kindly return us to the former updates.
I feel many more blind will be locked out while typing or transacting business over the documents and internet.