In Kenya parents, educators, health workers and other professionals either have little or no knowledge about learning disabilities and related disorders. Learners with learning disabilities are often not recognized for their gifts and struggle to soar to the heights of their abilities in our society.
Those who are both learning disabled and females tend to face the greatest challenges and sometimes aggravated by the poor or low socio-economic status of the learners with learning disabilities. For example, a learner with disability who comes from a poor family is unlikely to go to school while his/her counterpart from a well to do family might be able to go to school.
From the beginning of their formal school years, learners with learning disabilities find themselves facing challenges in a society and school environment which often neither recognise nor foster exceptionalities.
Although protected by international policies and national policies of Kenya, learners with special needs often do not get the assessment, evaluation and support services they need to thrive. School aged learners with learning disabilities are often misunderstood and mislabeled, thus floundering in an unstructured environment, often suffering from the emotional impact of their differences. As they reach adulthood, those individuals have to fight societal misconceptions about their abilities. They thus struggle to obtain the education/training required to maintain jobs and independent living.