The Disability and Inclusion office observes Low Vision Awareness month

By Elizabeth Wanjiku
The USIU-Africa Persons with Disabilities Club, in collaboration with the Disability Inclusion Office and the Sports Department hosted the Inclusive Sports Day on February 29, to mark the Low Vision Awareness month.

The day commenced with an opening ceremony presided by Ms. Halima Bakari from the Sports Department and Ms. Elizabeth Wanjiku from the Disability Inclusion Office who welcomed the guests, and also kicked-off the first game, goal-ball, with the hosting team and invited guests facing off. The game was played concurrently with inclusive scrabble and chess at the Basketball court, while adopted swimming was conducted at the swimming pool.

The sports event officiated by external experts in para-sports, provided an avenue for individuals with low vision to showcase their talents and participate actively alongside their peers, with winners in each activity receiving a medal award according to merit.

The players and participants invited from Thika primary, University of Nairobi and Machakos Teachers College, were awarded at the closing ceremony where the Guest Speaker, Mr. Henry Wanyoike, a World Record holding Paralympic made his final remarks.

“We have to show the world that we can also make it in life. The only way to demand opportunities is for us to be prepared to be excellent once the opportunities are accorded to us. I have known the power of sports and how far sports can take a person. If we want the world to know our potential, then we have to prepare and train because there are a lot of opportunities,” he said.

Metrocare Health Clinic was on ground and conducted free eye screening services in a bid to address eye health, enabling participants to check their visual health and gain insights into preventing low vision and potential blindness.

This pioneering initiative set a precedent for future events, highlighting USIU-Africa's commitment to fostering an inclusive campus environment where everyone is valued and supported.

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