In its bid to fulfill its mandate of catering for the learning needs of all students and staff without discrimination and in compliance with Commission for University Education (CUE) standards and guidelines 2014, the library with support from JKUAT management has established a section for persons with special needs ( i.e. visual impairment, persons with hearing impairment and persons with physical challenges).
In readiness for this special needs section and the services it is expected to provide, the library through the university staff sponsorship programme sent three (3) members of library staff (i.e. Ms. Lucy Nduati, Ms. Maureen Oywer and Mr. Stephen Munyao) for training at the Kenya Institute of Special Education. Ms. Nduati was trained in Kenya Sign Language for hearing impairment while Ms. Oywer and Mr. Munyao received training in Braille Machine operations for the visually impaired.
Equiped with trained staff and the right equipment, the library can now comfortably be able to provide assistance to students and staff with special needs.
You can also read more on this story in Agritech News volume 62 (October – December 2015 edition) where Mr. Patrick Amunavi, a corporate communications officer in JKUAT has provided detailed coverage of this new and innovative services section pioneered by our University Librarian, Dr. Roselyne Mang’ira. Dr. Mang’ira is a very keen observer of CUE guidelines and standards for university libraries in Kenya.