Kenya Special Needs Advisor
Special Education Advisor for Disabled Youth
As CES Special Education Advisor for Disabled Youth, Billy Owabucheri provides valuable insight into the needs of CES students that face physical challenges and who require accommodations to meet their educational needs. He has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of Eshitari SS, a CES school located northwest of Kakamega, Kenya.
Billy graduated in 1973 from University of Nairobi with a degree in Geography and Linguistics with Education Option. He taught for one year at Sigalame Secondary School (Busia) and went back to University of Nairobi for a two years Masters degree course in Education Administration and Curriculum Development. In the midst of completing a thesis on ‘Employment for primary school leavers’, he was posted to Asumbi Teachers Training College. Tragically in late1978 he was involved in a serious road accident in the college bus while taking students to a Geography tour to Masai Mara National Park. He broke his neck in the accident, was retired on medical grounds and since then has remained confined in a wheel chair as a quadriplegic.
This did not dampen his resolve and spirit to serve his fellow man. Billy realized the stigmatization and discrimination of those with disabilities. He became well known for his concern for those without access to education, employment, health services, transport facilities and recreation. Billy has made contributions to the 2003 Kenya Persons with Disabilities Act.
Billy is involved in voluntary social work advocating for rights of persons with disabilities. He has also been nominated in a number of bodies representing persons with disabilities in four Boards of Governors of educational institutions. He serves as a member of the Constituency Economic Stimulus Projects Management Committee, Chairman of the Project Management Committee that is currently building a Health Centre in his village and Secretary to the Bukura Market Water borehole Self Help group that supplies water to the community. He is Chairman of Butere Persons with Disabilities Forum, a forum elected by persons with disabilities in the district to represent their interests.