He is none other than Dr. Michael Ndurumo. He hails from Nyeri county in Central Kenya. He is the first deaf person in Kenya and the third one in Africa to earn a PhD. Dr. Michael was not born deaf, he contracted menengitis at the age of 8 that left him deaf. Because of his zeal to achieve his dreams,he had to teach himself English by reading the dictionary because at that age,he had not yet learnt the sign language. Many highschools could not accept to admit him because of his condition. Fortunately,he was taken by an American missionary who fled and took him to a school called Kings Academy in the United States.
He then passed his exams and started his undergraduate degree studies in Gallaudet in 1973.He late moved to Peabody college of Vanderbilt university bin Tennessee in 1980 where he completed his masters and PhD. He worked as a pyschology professor at Garden-Webb university in North Carolina but he returned in Kenya in 1982.
He has worked as a professor and lecturer of psychology in Moi University Eldoret, Maseno university,Daystar,Kenyatta university and Kenya Institute of Special Education. He is currently teaching at the University of Nairobi. He has made an impact in Kenya's education where he introduced the first distance special education course in UON,founder of many special education programmes, development of sign language where he has received many awards.
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