KCDC has steadily grown and matured over the last 7 years into a centre of excellence regionally for community-based disability inclusion and we believe now is the time to start to share our knowledge and best practices countrywide. To date, we have reached over 3,500 children with a wide range of physical, intellectual and communication disabilities and their families and caregivers in the region. This has resulted in increased functional independence, increased enrolment in primary school and 25% increase in quality of life.
To increase our impact, we are constructing a purpose-built centre of excellence that will become a radiating beacon that shows disability does not disqualify anyone from having equitable access to every aspect of life. Our centre will not only enhance our therapeutic effectiveness and ability to care for more children, but also provide practical help and information on human rights; access to inclusive education, adaptive equipment, and specialized therapy intervention but also nurture self-advocacy to create a permanent shift in society about what disability is.
The centre will include 6 multi-disciplinary therapy rooms as well as a hydrotherapy pool, a conference centre for training and workshops, hostel facilities for long-distance families requiring short stay specialist intensive therapy and longer-term rehabilitation services and Kyaninga Education Hub and Inclusive Model School.
The facility will replace the converted family residence which currently houses our programs. The construction of the purpose-built centre will enhance therapeutic effectiveness and our ability to care for more children and will save a considerable amount in rent per year, which will allow us to hire additional qualified therapists who can provide over 1800 therapy sessions a year.