To support learning for the visually impaired, KSB works with government structure. The goal of KIEP is to increase the capacity of government education systems to identify and integrate learners with visual impairment in regular public schools.
KSB uses the integration approach to Education where learners with visual impairment learn alongside the sighted students. This enables the learners with Visual impairment exploit their full potential in class work and outdoor activities.
At the district level, activities are implemented through the District Education Assessment and Resource Centres and coordinated by a Visual Impairment Officers. Through KIEP, teachers are identified from the regular integrating schools and through collaboration with KISE, they are equipped with Braille and low vision skills to facilitate assessment, placement and support of learners with visual impairment in regular schools.
In the period 2012- 2016, KIEP focus is on “inclusive” and “integrated” education where students with special needs learning alongside students without special needs in regular schools and classes with appropriate supportive services. Inclusion helps blind /low vision children go to schools within their own localities and interact with children within their own communities and adopt norms and values of their own communities.
KSB is mandated by KSB Act 251 to provide rehabilitation services for the irreversibly blind in Kenya. To do this, KSB works closely with registered civil services organizations (CSOs) in the disability sector and the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Development which is represented in KSB Council by an appointee of the Permanent Secretary
To effectively offer comprehensive eye care services, KSB’s programmes have a rehabilitation component designed to ensure the totally blind are supported psychosocially, economically, physically to continues with their activities of daily living with minimal dependency in accordance with the WHO’s definition of health. KSB is implementing community based rehabilitation (CBR) programme and is working in partnership with several partners depending on areas of speciality including:
Persons who are irreversibly blind are trained to be economically productive by being provided with skills towards orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, basic agriculture and business skills training and placement for ICT trainees. This programme is also mandated to ensure the rights and dignity of the visually impaired is guaranteed through lobbying and advocacy work.