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 This was the 8th time that the Directorate of Disability Services of Kenyatta University had organized a Disability Awareness Day on its grounds in Nairobi. During the event, the programme was represented by a CPPD rehabilitation worker and a community volunteer from Maina Village.

CPPD exhibited among other things, assistive devices for people with disabilities that are made using the Applied Paper Technology (APT). The technology involves the use of papers usually cartons to construct highly customized sitting or walking aids for children with movement disorders. After taking precise measurements, CPPD rehabilitation workers construct a special device that helps the beneficiary to train the muscles and tendons needed to correct the disorder. To build these devices, several layers of cardboard paper are pressed together then cut into the desired shapes which are glued together to sturdy and lightweight pieces. The pieces are then joined into the desired device appropriate for a specific child depending on the condition. Parents are trained on how to use the device with their children before they are issued with the item. This technology is affordable, easy to construct, light allows for individual treatment, and can be used in remote areas.

The stand of St. Martin CSA drew special interest, from other exhibitors, participants and invited guests as evidenced by the interaction with Hon. Dr Isaac Mwaura, C.B.S M.P, a former M.P and currently a nominated senator representing the people with disabilities in the Senate.

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    Jean Westmacott · 4 months ago
    This is great. Well done. The more people who can appreciate the APT the better. Assistive devices are so helpful escpecially for young children who need to be in good positions to devlop skills such as feeding themselses and more! e.g. going to school
    Love from Jean Westmacott
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    Jean Westmacott · 4 months ago
    I hope you can see the photo
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    Jean Westmacott · 4 months ago
    The ends of the rods need to be cut and moistened wiht paste and bent flat as you can see from the photo. Please keep standards up!

    Love from Mama APT
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    Jean Westmacott · 4 months ago
    PS. There is something that I am concerned about regarding the APT photographed in the newsletter. It is essential to use an APT rod made from 5 sheets of newspaper and with the grain all going the same way. Then this rod should go through holes on the sides -see photograph. The protruding ends should be cut into 1 cm wide and then they are moistened with paste and bent back and stuck to the sides. Then they can be strapped with newspaper straps.