Deaf Kenyan Community
Ever since Andrew Foster graduated from Gallaudet in the 1950s and established schools for deaf children throughout Africa, Gallaudet has been closely linked in many ways to many of the African Deaf communities. Kenya is one of several African countries that has sent Deaf students to Gallaudet University.
If you’re a Gallaudet student, staff, faculty, or alumni and you’ve always been curious to learn more about the countries where some of your classmates and colleagues come from, the Internet now offers a range of resources that were not available even just a few years ago.
One web site you can check out was just created by the Deaf community in Kenya: http://www.disabilitykenya.org/.
Other resources you may want to explore include: Global Deaf Connection, an organization based in the United States that works to improve the quality of deaf education in developing countries such as Kenya, Jamaica, and the DR of Congo; the deafintl email-based discussion group (aka “listserver” or “mailing list”) for deaf people in developing countries and other interested allies; and, of course, the World Federation of the Deaf.
There is also a blog sporadically maintained by Adam, who is currently working at a school for deaf children in Sri Lanka called Found in Ceylon.
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