Inclusion of Youths Living with Disabilities in Socio-Economic Activities in Nyamira County
AbstractYouth with disabilities often face marginalization and severe social, economic, and civic disparities as compared with those without disabilities. This paper outlines the effects of inclusion of youths living with disabilities in socio-economic activities in Nyamira County. Being a descriptive case study, it targeted the county governors office, which is directly responsible for policies concerning the youths with disabilities and employment. The population was 26 respondents and census sampling technique was used. The following objectives guided the study: To document best practices for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities; to establish the state of preparedness regarding structure, content, and processes for socio-economic inclusion and employment of youths with disability; and to identify the challenges facing Nyamira County government in inclusion of youths living with disabilities in socio-economic activities. Data was collected through a structured questionnaire and analyzed through the use of descriptive statistics of frequencies and percentages. Tables and graphs were the most appropriate techniques used in presenting the findings. Findings indicated that people with disability are commonly identified as a group with a higher risk of social exclusion. It concludes that Nyamira County has not fully integrated youth with disabilities in social economic activities.
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