Influence of community’s attitudes towards people with disabilities in Busiu Sub County, Mbale District Eastern Uganda

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Kampala International University; College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This was a cross-sectional study carried out in Busiu, Mbale District. The aim of the study was to assess the community’s attitudes and practices towards persons with physical disabilities. To help with this appraisal, a total of 100 non-disabled respondents aged between 10-65 years were interviewed using simple random sampling, was used to decide locations and cluster sampling used for the households. Almost half of the respondents had relatives, friends with disabilities and three quarter indicated that some intervention (like vocational training and equipping them with special skills) should be availed to persons with disabilities. Three fifths (3/5) disagreed that there was equalization of opportunities to all members of the society’s; a fact reflected by nearly all of those interviewed stating no special institutions exist in the area to cater for the needs of persons with physical disabilities. It is therefore recommended that further sensitization and mobilization be community to be stepped up to harness the knowledge and attitude they possess so that they can be reflected in their practices.
A dissertation submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University.
Influence of community’s attitudes, People with disabilities