Assessing The Socio-Economic Effects Of Exclusion On Persons With Disabilities In Kenya: A Case Of Westlands Constituency

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School of Applied Human Sciences, Daystar University


ABSTRACT This research sought to assess the socio-economic effects of exclusion on Persons with Disabilities in Westlands. The study's goals were to investigate the various forms of exclusion experienced by people with disabilities, analyze the impacts on their socioeconomic well-being, look into the difficulties they face in accessing services, and investigate the various intervention strategies that can be used to promote their inclusion. The Social Model Theory and Participatory Theory served as the study's guiding theories, and a descriptive survey research design was employed. The population size for the study was 66 and the target population was also 66 as the study embodies the purposive sampling technique to identify the participants as well as the Census sampling was used to collect information from the eligible respondents. Questionnaires, focus group discussions, and an interview guide were used to gather the data. A questionnaire was given to 66 respondents, five key informants received in-depth interview guides, and two focus groups with eight participants each were moderated. Standards of research practice were upheld by adhering to ethical guidelines and study methods. The numeric data were examined using descriptive statistics in the SPSS Version 28 statistical software, while the qualitative data were analyzed using content and thematic analysis. Tables were used to convey quantitative data, whilst prose and direct quotes were used to present qualitative data. The findings of the study suggest that there are different forms of exclusion faced by Persons with Disabilities; there are socio-economic effects and challenges as a result of that exclusion and there are also intervention strategies’ employed to curb the exclusion. The study therefore concluded that; these forms of isolation have social and economic impacts such as poverty, unemployment and illiteracy, the study comes to the further conclusions that including people with disabilities can result in a society that is more diversified, approachable, inventive, cohesive, and just, with advantages for both individuals and the larger community. Poverty was the cited effect of exclusion as well as low self-esteem high level of stress, anxiety and depression due to exclusion. The study recommends for more awareness created among healthcare officials, caregivers and the general public at most on the situation faced by People with Disabilities and the benefits of inclusion as well as the disadvantages of exclusion. Provision of sign language interpreters into all major service platforms, training of more; construction of more schools as well as incorporation of learners with disabilities into main schools.


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Socio-Economic, Persons With Disabilities, Westlands Constituency


Muendo, E. M., (2023, Thesis). Assessing The Socio-Economic Effects Of Exclusion On Persons With Disabilities In Kenya: A Case Of Westlands Constituency. School of Applied Human Sciences, Daystar University