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About Disability in Nigeria

People with disabilities (PWDs) are often excluded from the mainstream of the society and hence, may not contribute to the development of the society at all or optimally. It is increasingly being recognized that bringing people with disabilities into the development mainstream will have a significant effect in any plan to cut poverty in the country.

A recent review of disability issues in Nigeria identified many factors why the disability agenda continues to suffer. Notable among them were: the absence of disability discrimination laws, lack of social protection, poor understanding of disability issues by the public, poor access to rehabilitation services and lack of coordinating structure at all levels.

While quality of life of PWDs is generally poor, it is common knowledge that women living with disability suffer more.

The women are poorer and generally face barriers to full equality and advancement because of such factors as race, age, language, ethnicity, culture, tradition and religion.

Persistence of certain cultural, legal and institutional barriers makes women and girls with disabilities victims of two-fold discrimination: as women and as persons with disabilities. Girls and women of all ages with any form of disability are among the more vulnerable and marginalized of society.

There is therefore need to take into account and to address their concerns in all policy-making and programming. Special measures are needed at all levels to integrate them into the mainstream of development.

Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC) was therefore conceived to provide the much-needed voice and lead a movement that champions a more organized and strategic response to disability issues with a development mindset.

Our Vision

A just world, devoid of poverty and intolerant of all forms of discrimination.

Our Mission

DRAC works to facilitate the full participation of vulnerable groups especially persons with disabilities and women/girls while promoting and protecting their rights.DRAC works to facilitate the full participation of vulnerable groups especially persons with disabilities and women and girls in all aspects of life by addressing the drivers of discrimination and exclusion.

Our Objectives

Provide accurate, relevant and practical disability-related information and statistics

Raise awareness on the health and welfare needs of PWDs and WWDs in Nigeria

Raise awareness on the health and welfare needs of PWDs and WWDs in Nigeria with a view to changing disability stereotypes and dispelling myths and misconceptions related to disability and mobilising practical efforts that make the Nigerian environment more responsive and enabling for PWDs.

Advocate at national and international levels for policies and actions

Advocate at national and international levels for policies and actions, which further the human rights of PWDs and WWDs.

Maintain consultative status on Disability Accessibility issues within Nigeria and Africa

Maintain consultative status on Disability Accessibility issues within Nigeria and Africa by developing and maintaining links between PWDs service providers and relevant agencies.

Facilitate opportunities for the voices of WWDs to be heard in national and international fora

Facilitate opportunities for the voices of WWDs to be heard in national and international fora in which ideas about disability are exchanged and ensure that the disability agenda is kept on the front burner of National and International discourse and ensure the meaningful involvement of women with disabilities in the wider women sector.

Urge Government, Private Sector and International Development Agencies

Urge Government, Private Sector and International Development Agencies to channel significant amounts of the resources available for health and development to interventions for PWDs and WWDs.

Initiate and mainstream the development of effective STD/HIV prevention, reproductive health,

Initiate and mainstream the development of effective STD/HIV prevention, reproductive health, gender and social support services for women with disabilities through advocacy for conditions that are more favourable to their good health and social wellbeing.

Support employers seeking to become more disability friendly

Support employers seeking to become more disability friendly, and state governments engaged in policy reform favourable to the disability agenda.

Strengthen the organizational and management capacity

Strengthen the organizational and management capacity of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in order to increase their effectiveness and impact.

Our Core Values

The following are the core values we uphold:

Transparency and Accountability

Upholding the principles of good governance and responsibility to stakeholders and Community is integral to our existence.

Inclusion and Participation

Our programs/actions for PWDs are built on the premise of ‘NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US’. DRAC exists to ensure greater and meaningful involvement of PWDs in all spheres of life

Dignity and Equity

We strive to maintain the dignity of PWDs while fighting for justice and equality for persons with disabilities. DRAC demonstrates zero tolerance for any policy/practice that undermines the dignity and/or equitable treatment of PWDs.

Selfless Service to Humanity

Everything DRAC does is with a view to improving the wellbeing of
Persons with Disabilities. DRAC promotes no selfish agenda and is focused purely on the DISABILITY INCLUSION.

Our Team

Our work would not be possible without the work of our dedicated volunteers.
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Benjie Alphonso

Founder
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Ivor Herbert

Manager
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Merlin Judson

Ground Person
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