April 2022

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Meet Our Moms and Honor Yours for Mother’s Day!

by Jessica Charles Abrams

  • Posted on April 28, 2022

In Kenya, mothers of children with disabilities often face the same, or worse stigma, as their children. Most are told the child’s disability is their fault. They are accused of infidelity, witchcraft, demon possession, sin, and more. Their husbands often feel too ashamed to remain in the marriage and abandon them – leaving them with…

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Kupenda in the Classroom

by Lauren Blair

  • Posted on April 27, 2022

When I was in my early 20s, a presentation by Kupenda’s founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Bauer, changed the trajectory of my life. My close friend (and now husband), Pat, heard Cynthia give a speech about the organization’s work. Hearing her discuss how helping a handful of children with disabilities had turned into an organization…

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The War in Ukraine Sheds Light on Global Disability Stigma

by Rebecca Heidorn

  • Posted on April 15, 2022

There are 2.7 million people with disabilities in Ukraine. These people represent the group most significantly impacted by the war with Russia. Among the greatest risks for Ukrainians with disabilities are: Lack of timely information about the conflict in accessible formats; Lack of safe centers, bomb shelters and evacuation pathways; and Lack of access to…

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A Community and a Family Change their Negative Beliefs about Disability

by Sandra Bauer

  • Posted on April 6, 2022

When Kupenda first met Furaha, he was seven years old. Furaha was born deaf and, at that time, he was living with his six siblings in a mud hut with a grass roof. Both of his parents were peasant farmers.  The people in his village had very negative attitudes towards Furaha and other people with…

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