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What does the KSL in the KCPE Results mean?

KSL - Kenyan Sign Language

Our Constitution recognizes Kenyan Sign Language a national language at par with Kiswahili and English due to its national and cohesive attributes. Kenyan Sign Language is one of the languages of parliament and by extension the senate and county assemblies. The constitution is also very clear on the rights of Deaf Kenyans to use Kenyan Sign Language in every day life, to enjoy Deaf culture and to be free from discrimination as a linguistic minority. Articles 7 (3b); 27(4); 35 (1b); 44(1); 54 (1d); 56 (d); 120 (1)
Other references on Kenyan Sign Language
Kenyan Sign Language
Kenya National Association of the Deaf (KNAD)
Learning Kenyan Sign Language
Interactive KSL
Kenyan Sign Language in pictures

Engaging the Young Parliamentarians in Kenya Towards a more Inclusive Kenya

Memorandum on The Plight of Deaf Kenyans
and the opportunities to right the wrongs of Kenya's largest marginalized community
Population: Estimated 1 Million – WHO estimates 15% of the world population have disabilities. This estimates encompasses persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, a socio-linguistic cultural minority who use Kenyan Sign Language in their communications. Mostly these individuals are in urban areas but many remain hidden in their homes due to stigma and shame associated with this disability. Statistically, however there is still a large number of persons with hearing loss who go about life without identifying themselves with the larger Deaf community nor use Kenyan Sign Language in their every day life. There is a great need to have the correct number of persons who are Deaf for proper service delivery and national planning.
Historically, the Deaf people in Kenya have been left out of mainstream societal development due to their language and culture. Th…