Nic Hailey discusses Disability Summit on Kenyan sign language television station

UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was a guest on social enterprise television station Signs TV to discuss the upcoming Disability Summit in London.

The station was set up by Luke Kizito Muleka, who became frustrated by the lack of programming which was accessible to deaf viewers.

Inspired to help after seeing his sister effectively missing out on mainstream entertainment, he promised to persuade television stations to aid sign language programmes, but he found little interest in his scheme from broadcasters.

Undeterred, he set up Signs Media Kenya Limited, which owns Signs Television, in February 2017, initially serving the Nairobi area with plans to expand further into the country.

Global Disability Summit

On 24 July 2018, the UK Department for International Development (DfID), along with co-hosts the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya will host the first-ever Global Disability Summit at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The DfID’s vision for disability inclusion is: ‘to ensure people with disabilities are consistently and systematically included in international development and humanitarian assistance’.  Through the Global Disability Summit, they are seeking to galvanise the global effort to address disability inclusion in the poorest countries in the world and act as the start point for major change on this neglected issue.

The objectives of the Summit will be to:

  • raise global attention and focus on a neglected area
  • bring in new voices and approaches to broaden engagement
  • mobilise new global and national commitments on disability
  • showcase best practice and evidence from across the world

The event will be led by people with disabilities from the UK and the global community. Attendance will be high-level: Government Ministers, heads of donor agencies and civil society organisations and CEOs of private sector companies.