Vincent Odhiambo Ogutu spent his Professional Fellowship at The Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.
“My capacity as a leader has been developed so I will be able to coach and mentor other people. So it is not only about me but we can build an institution that cascades learning across borders.”
Vincent Ogutu has an extraordinary capacity to liaise between the disability community and their non-disabled peers, as he has experienced being a part of both groups. Having been injured in a traffic road accident later in life, Vincent has lived life with and without a disability, and through this has learned the key strategies for creating empathy between both worlds.
Vincent is a development practitioner who strongly advocates for inclusion, rights, and opportunities for all. He has been at the forefront of ensuring that the voices of the vulnerable and the marginalized are heard in the development process. Currently, he is a program manager at Cheshire Disability Services Kenya, where he manages projects in health & rehabilitation, inclusive education, livelihoods & economic empowerment, and lobbying & advocacy.
Vincent holds a master’s degree in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi and a master’s in public health from the University of the People in the United Kingdom. He is an associate member of the Kenya Institute of Management, and a trainer / facilitator with cross-border experience in community-based rehabilitation. In addition to his job in the disability space, he also mentors children with hearing impairment.
Vincent plans to put into practice the knowledge and experience he gains during the fellowship in developing a project to organize and oversee inclusive labour for youth with intellectual disabilities. He hopes that this project will become a blueprint and model in Kenya for addressing employability of youth with disabilities.