Alumni Stories: Vincent Ogutu’s Social Innovation Lab and Youth Empowerment in Kenya


Spring 2018 Professional Fellows alum Vincent Ogutu, Head of Programmes at Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK), has had a busy year. He coordinates, advises, and evaluates programs across his organization, which seeks to ensure independence, inclusion, and equity for persons with disabilities, especially youth. Vincent’s proudest achievement in 2020 has been the Social Innovation Lab … Continue reading Alumni Stories: Vincent Ogutu’s Social Innovation Lab and Youth Empowerment in Kenya

Fellow Stories: Susan Sabano and Promoting Self-Employment in Uganda During COVID-19


Spring 2020 Professional Fellow Susan Sabano, a Project Coordinator at the Uganda National Association of Cerebral Palsy (UNACP) and emerging civic leader, is striving to promote inclusive employment in Uganda as the country grapples with growth in challenges to disability inclusion during the the past year. As Uganda readjusts in uncertain times, Susan and her … Continue reading Fellow Stories: Susan Sabano and Promoting Self-Employment in Uganda During COVID-19

Alumni Stories: Gwaliwa Mashaka and Employability Africa Advise Inclusive Businesses


Fall 2018 AUCD Professional Fellows alumna Gwaliwa Mashaka is the founder of Employable Africa, an award-winning virtual platform that uses digital technology to help individuals with disabilities find skilled employment and delivers accessible supports to African businesses. Based in Tanzania, Employable Africa’s entirely online approach to expanding inclusive employment has become an increasingly valuable model … Continue reading Alumni Stories: Gwaliwa Mashaka and Employability Africa Advise Inclusive Businesses

Alumni Stories: Maria Omare and Kenya’s Somesha App – A Virtual Inclusive Education Innovation


The worldwide isolation created by COVID-19 in 2020 has done great harm to education, family stability, and physical and mental health. However, it has also inspired major innovations in inclusion that enable those who are especially vulnerable and isolated – individuals with disabilities – to access learning resources, trustworthy information, and expertise on education and … Continue reading Alumni Stories: Maria Omare and Kenya’s Somesha App – A Virtual Inclusive Education Innovation

Alumni Stories: Noella Luka’s New Film Shares Personal Mental Health Journeys in Kenya


Noella Luka is an award-winning filmmaker from whose documentaries have been shown all over the world. A Spring 2019 Professional Fellows alum, she has produced films about mental health, disability, and climate change, and led a PFP-IDE project about mental health storytelling in Kenya. She is now turning the lens upon herself in an exciting … Continue reading Alumni Stories: Noella Luka’s New Film Shares Personal Mental Health Journeys in Kenya

Alumni Stories: Jackline Lidubwi’s Advocacy for Inclusive Media in Africa


I am a Fall 2017 Professional Fellows alumna and award-winning creator/producer of Abled Differently, a TV program aired by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation that enlightens the Kenyan public about individuals with disabilities, their personal stories, and issues that affect their lives. In these roles, I have developed great expertise in using storytelling as a tool … Continue reading Alumni Stories: Jackline Lidubwi’s Advocacy for Inclusive Media in Africa