Poverty and Intellectual Disability
For the past 33 years, Inclusion Uganda has fought to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities and their families can be recognized as full citizens, enjoy the rights enjoyed by others and feel valued as contributors to their communities.
Despite the increase in the number of human rights legislations, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over Uganda are still characterized by exclusion from community and government programs and as a result, biting poverty. The framework of these legislations was the development of the Millennium Development Goals, despite these global efforts, people with intellectual disabilities and their families continue to be economically disadvantaged. Even in areas where poverty as a whole has been reduced, the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families remains unchanged and often they remain the poorest of the poor.
Largely, women carry the primary responsibility for caring for disabled persons in the family. The common denominator among all families with a PWID is the mother shouldering the foremost and main responsibility of caring for a family member with an intellectual disability. Fathers on the other hand abandon such families, which leads to family breakdown and lack of a stable source of income. Exclusion in society starts right from childhood and its consequences continue into adulthood. As a result, men and women with intellectual disabilities have very low chances of being absorbed into the employment sector. This is coupled by their special needs making it quite expensive to employ them.
Inclusion Uganda believes that unless disabled people are brought into the economic mainstream, it will be impossible to eradicate poverty in Uganda.