Michael M. Ndurumo, Ph.D.



Public participation is an integral part of the due process aimed at ensuring that the views of persons are taken into account in making policies. Public participation tries to find and include those with the capacity to be influenced by or concerned in a decision. Persons with disabilities have a right to be engaged in the concrete outcomes' decision-making process to be satisfactory and inclusive. Historically, persons with disabilities had limited public participation due to reasons such as negative attitudes, ineffective legislation, low educational attainment, inaccessible physical environment, a limited number of paraprofessionals or support staff such as interpreters for the hard of hearing and deaf, readers for the visually impaired, and mobility specialists among others. This article establishes the importance of public participation for persons with disabilities and identifies the role of selected factors that hinder effective public participation, such as the prevalence of disability, severity of impairment, level of education, readability of written materials, competence of service providers, and application of principles of reasonable accommodation and universal design. The article also identifies the obligations of the government in enhancing public participation of individuals with disabilities.


Keywords: public participation, persons with disabilities, government agencies


Contact: Prof. Michael M. Ndurumo, Department of Psychology, University of Nairobi


To cite this article: Ndurumo, M, M. (2020).Enhancing Public Participation by Persons with Disabilities and  Obligations of the Government Agencies in Kenya, Journal of African Studies in Educational Management and Leadership  Vol: 13, p 58-76


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