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Over 19 Million Nigerians Are Living With Disability

Over 19 Million Nigerians Are Living With Disability

The National Population Commission of Nigeria (NPC) has estimated that no fewer than 19 million Nigerians are living with disabilities. The Chairman of the Commission, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), announced this during the 73rd UN General Assembly General Discussion of Agenda 28 on Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York. The World Bank estimates […]

Disability Is Not a Curse

Disability Is Not a Curse

The Ghana government has intensified public education to eliminate the negative perception that disability is a curse and an evil affliction. The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, said this on Tuesday when she presented Ghana’s case at the 10th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the […]

We Need A Royal Commission Into Violence And Abuse Of People With Disability

We Need A Royal Commission Into Violence And Abuse Of People With Disability

He received second-degree burns when he was dragged along the carpet by two staff members at his group home because he refused to go to his day placement activity. Mark’s family discovered the burns a few days later, but ,were never informed of the incident by the home. Sadly, this account of abuse isn’t an […]

Why Does The Women’s Rights Movement Marginalise Women With Disabilities?

Why Does The Women’s Rights Movement Marginalise Women With Disabilities?

Civil law in Pakistan permits men to have up to four wives but Noori, a visually impaired woman, married into a family where the preference is for one. Nonetheless, Noori’s husband remarried because she had a disability. Kasturi, an Indian girl with polio, wants to marry but her mother believes no one will have her […]

‘My Job Is To Make Children Hopeful’: Inside Liberia’s Deaf School

‘My Job Is To Make Children Hopeful’: Inside Liberia’s Deaf School

Wearing smart uniforms, rows of pupils stand in line at morning assembly as they prepare to perform the national anthem. A little boy raises the Liberian flag with a great deal of solemnity as the children enthusiastically sign their anthem. This is Oscar Romero school for deaf children, one of a handful of specialist privately […]

Not Just For Hackney Hipsters: The Kenyan Sourdough Bakery ​Tackling Blindness

Not Just For Hackney Hipsters: The Kenyan Sourdough Bakery ​Tackling Blindness

One is a hipster meeting place in the middle of east London, the other overlooks the Menengai crater in Kenya and is staffed by orphans. But these two bakeries, E5 Bakehouse and Ujima Bakehouse, seemingly worlds apart, have come together over a sourdough starter and a shared passion for healthy bread. Situated in the Nakuru […]

Preventable Blindness In Children On The Rise In Poorer Countries

Preventable Blindness In Children On The Rise In Poorer Countries

The number of children suffering from preventable blindness is increasing, partly because more children are surviving complicated births in low- and middle-income countries, specialists say. Worldwide, about 19 million children under the age of 15 are blind, with 12 million of these cases preventable or treatable. Experts say one cause of high rates of blindness […]

Special Educational Needs And Disability: The Journey Towards Inclusion

For any person with a disability, receiving the appropriate education as early as possible is critical. To this effect, the person’s learning difficulty has to be ascertained through assessment sooner rather than later. The assessment results should inform the educational provision which, monitored and adjusted over time, should lead to some improvement in the person’s […]

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

New Delhi, India – It was January 2 and the residue of  the new year celebrations still hung in the New Delhi air. But for a group of students, academics and activists converging on the streets of the capital, the mood was anything but celebratory. The anger at this rally in solidarity with GN Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound […]