Kampala School For The Physically Handicapped a project of Uganda Spastics Society (an indigenous none profit making organization) was started in 1969. The founder members of the Society had children with Cerebral Palsy, and thus aimed at improving the quality of life and rehabilitation of the cerebral palsy children in Uganda. It’s a boarding government aids school situated at Mengo, Balintuma Road about 4 kilometers from Kampala City.
The founder members of the Society had children with Cerebral Palsy, and thus aimed at improving the quality of life and rehabilitation of the cerebral palsy children in Uganda.
The School uses the ordinary national curriculum, addressing different pupils learning needs. We have also developed another curriculum, specially designed to address learning needs of the small percentage children with mental challenge that we have. In a nut shell, the School prepares the children to lead a life as normal as possible.
Formal Education. (P1-P7 classes)
Kampala School For The Physically Handicapped begins with a reception class, stressing continuous individual assessment to prepare the pupils for primary one. In all classes, children are grouped according to their learning challenges with one lesson plan, having more than three approaches, to effectively help the individual children. At primary seven, the pupils sit for primary living exams, however, arrangements are made with Uganda national examination board, to have individual examination transcribers for pupils with respective challenges. Specialized equipment e.g. thick padded pencils for pupils with poor grip, desk / chair seat for those using feet to write, special desks for wheelchair users, etc. are designed with therapists to facilitate the respective pupils’ learning challenges.
Rehabilitation. This is one of the major departments in the school. it consists of: the occupational therapy department, physiotherapy department, general nursing/ sick bay department.
The department multidisciplinary team consists of: ot, pt, nurse, visiting doctor (professor). The major aim of the department is: children with special needs medically rehabilitated and cared of. .
The department is responsible for carrying out assessments, plan and administer treatments for all the students in the school. individual therapy plans are made.
Vocational. The school vocational department takes on children that have completed primary seven but have not had opportunity to continue with their education in secondary school or any other tertiary institution. The reasons vary from lack of school fees, to challenges from learning in normal education settings. The aim of the department is to train and equip students with skills that will help them to be self reliant. tailoring, tie dye, bead making, (crafts, surface printing), ceramic and cloth bead making, cookery, simple agriculture, leather work, knitting are some of the courses taught.
This department aims at quality production and many of its products have found market at different points on the international market. Our dream is to build the business arm of the Vocational department, to ensure sustainability, supplement of school income and most important provide employment for our old students (even those who are mentally challenged).
Extra-curricular activities includes Music, Dance, and Drama, Computer training, Fine Art Club, sports (including a lot of adapted sports e.g. wheelchair racing, wheelchair basketball, boccia, etc). The School has participated in sports competitions like Kids Special Olympics League, International Chess Championship for people with disabilities, etc. Also in inclusive dance festivals like UNSEEN DREAMS, etc.