Mercy Mugure is one of the brains behind Ability Africa Magazine, she speaks of her dream and the kind of world she wants.
Like Martin Luther King, I have a dream for my society, a society where issues on disabilities will be addressed as normal aspects of life. A society where disability will be celebrated as diversity and not a reason for exclusion and discrimination. I dream of a better tomorrow for children who will be born with any form of disability. A society where these children will be received by their parents as sources of joy for their families and not sources of strife and distress.
I dream of a society where one can comfortably bring up a child with a disability. A dream of children with disabilities not being subjected to based stereotypes and myths. A society where discrimination on the basis of one’s disability will be a thing of the past, where persons with disabilities will be judged by the substance of their character and personality and the nature of their impairment.
For my dream to come true, there is need to hear the narratives of persons with disabilities changing. See disability issues being integrated into all spheres of life, walk with persons with disabilities mentoring them to reach the heights of success. Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. They have the energy and ability to heal and inspire hope. It is in tapping this ability that Ability Society of Kenya has come up with Ability Africa Magazine. Success is a journey which one can not accomplish alone. It is a tapestry of all the weaving of individual threads from one to another that creates something. This magazine aims to reduce stigmatization against persons with disabilities while increasing awareness, provision of education rights which will in turn increase job opportunities for persons with disabilities. It also aims to increase role modeling for parents, children, and youth with disabilities.
Reading is the best past time that humankind has yet invented. It is what you read that determines what you become.You know that you have read a good magazine when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost an old friend. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy reading this work of art.
Quoting Margaret Meade, if we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy reading this magazine. Thank you.