Ruth Nalugya (the National Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Uganda) presents about the power of art and music for disability advocacy. To campaign for strengthening the voice of the youths with disabilities, Ruth shares experiences from a case study of the Uganda’s Youth Advocacy Music project, a creative strategy involving peer support and disability activism. Music has played an extremely significant role in our cultures as well as in social movements for as long as they have existed. Music also reflects the oral tradition of storytelling and of passing information across generations that might otherwise be lost. The inclusive music advocacy project targeted youth with disabilities with an aim of improving their ability to participate in local and national decision-making processes in Uganda. The project was an aftermath of the training and mentoring provided to people with disabilities on their rights and how to claim them. Through the project, youths were able to tell stories, change perspectives and engaged different people in dialogue as well as forming a collective voice, bringing awareness to issues that needed attention among which were reasonable accommodation, inclusive education, and social inclusion.
Presentation held at the YDAR Festival 2023, Day 2
Ruth Nalugya is the National Coordinator for the National Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Uganda (SHAU).