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Blind Voters Vote Independently for First Time in Nigeria

By Janice Malachi Blind voters in Osun State experienced something new during the September 22 off-cycle elections – they    exercised their civic rights without any form of assistance or interference. That’s because the Access Nigeria campaign helped provide them with Braille ballot guides for the first time in Nigeria’s history. “It is unbelievable! I get...

November 30, 2018November 30, 2018In News
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Access Nigeria Wins International Innovation Award

By Jesse John   Access Nigeria beat out more than 300 contestants from Asia and Africa to take home one of the top awards at the Partos Innovation Festival in the Netherlands.   The project for Nigerian voters with disabilities won third place in the festival’s Now-Us! Competition in October, earning a 10,000 euro prize....

November 28, 2018November 28, 2018In News
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Scholarship Helps Teenage Breast Cancer Survivor Move Forward

By Janice Malachi Martina, a hearing impaired teenager, didn’t get to enjoy the carefree life of many 16-year-olds. There were days that she wished she was studying for exams or laughing with her friends in Jos. Instead, she was battling breast cancer. To save her life, her parents used their life’s savings. They sold the...

November 28, 2018November 28, 2018In News
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IFA samples use of Braille Ballots for Osun elections

By Jesse John   “The Access Nigeria campaign wants the visually impaired voters to have the lifetime opportunity of casting their votes without assistance, interference but with all secrecy”. In our efforts to make Poling Units more accessible for persons with disability, Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) and its allies worked with the Independent National Electoral...

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Record Turnout for People with Disabilities in Ekiti Elections

By Janice Malachi Record Turnout for People with Disabilities in Ekiti Elections IFA led Community Outreach to boost disability vote Team of observers identify useful tips for 2019 election Grace Jerry appreciates INEC and JONAPWD   158 persons with disabilities (PWDs) voted in at the AUD Nursery and Primary school polling unit (003) in Ikere...

July 28, 2018September 25, 2018In News
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IFA Supports Students With Disabilities

By Janice Malachi IFA project supports the right to education for all A boy with learning disability gets free education Children with disability can equally make a difference   Emes Noel Akaso, 18, has a learning disability and is hard of hearing. The teenager spent years at home without any formal education because his parents...

May 14, 2018May 15, 2018In News
Women with Disabilities Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse
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Women with Disabilities Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse

Women all over the world often suffer in silence as victims of domestic abuse. But for women with disabilities, the pain and despair they feel after such an attack only adds to their sense of marginalization. As part of its Peace Building program, Inclusive Friends Association recently gathered some of these stories that helped to...

Special Registration Draws Jos Residents with Disabilities
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Special Registration Draws Jos Residents with Disabilities

By Janice Malachi Highlights: INEC holds special registration day in Jos Dozens of PWDs turn out to register for 2019 vote IFA hails registration as “real progress” Fatima Shauibu had two reasons for registering to vote. One, her imam told her and others in her mosque to go to the INEC office on its special...

April 12, 2018April 12, 2018In News