Fredrick

Ashoka Fellow
Kenya,
Fellow Since 2012

Citation

This profile was prepared when Fredrick Ouko was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Fredrick is creating a barrier-free and equal opportunity society for youth with disabilities; and in doing so, is unlocking their previously untapped potential within society. To do this, he is working to create a platform (in and outside of the formal workplace) to remove unfounded fears and discrimination toward people with disabilities. The platform helps youth with disabilities shed their self-victimizing attitudes and develop the skills and confidence they need to become active agents of change in their lives and communities.

Fredrick’s organization is the first and only organization in Kenya that focuses specifically on employment challenges faced by youth with disabilities nationally. He is leveraging this unique position to make this a focus for the mainstream disability movement. By integrating a governance program into his approach, Fredrick is seizing the moment to prepare youth with disabilities to play an active role in reshaping the leadership structure of Kenya; and, thus, promote inclusiveness even at a policy level.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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