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Bayelsa State REC Endorses Access Nigeria Campaign |News

Mr. Monday Tom-Udoh, the Bayelsa state Resident Electoral Commissioner built ramps at the Independent Electoral Commission’s office as a sign of his support for the Access Nigeria Campaign. “It’s my passion to serve humanity without discrimination”, he said. To ensure inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities in the upcoming gubernatorial elections, the Access Nigeria team did a sensitization exercise ...

Tags: elections , INEC , inclusion , Nigeria , access , participation , bayelsa , innovation

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Access Nigeria Community Actor

Community Actor Hails Access Nigeria Campaign |News

Mr Ibrahim Daniel Arome decided to mobilize other persons with disabilities for the general elections for two purposes. Primarily, he wanted to feel fulfilled by giving back to his community. His secondary reason was to amplify the voices of persons with disabilities. “I want people with disability to be relevant in the process of decision making in Nigeria”, he said. ...

Tags: elections , inclusion , access , participation , actors , observers , awareness , PWD , sensitization

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Third edition Stakeholders RoundTable Meeting

INEC Pledges to making Kogi and Bayelsa Elections More Inclusive |News

Access Nigeria, has successfully gotten the Independent National Electoral Commission to commit itself to sustain and improve on its innovations in upcoming Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections. At the gathering, over sixty attendees agreed that; • INEC would build ramps and handrails at polling units. • INEC would retain the braille ballot, Election Day written instructions and other innovations. • ...

Tags: elections , INEC , voting , PWDs , polls , Observation , commitment , Bayelsa , Kogi

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Visual Impaired voter

Access Nigeria Makes Giant Strides in the Lead up to the 2019 General Elections |News

The Access Nigeria campaign, for the first time in the history of Nigeria’s electoral process, provided the brail ballot guide, to blind voters in Osun State during the September 22nd off-circle elections. Unlike the usual voting experience for persons with disabilities in Nigeria, the braille ballot guides allowed voters to exercise their civic duties without any form of assistance and ...

Tags: elections , rights , inclusion , Osun , disability , voting , participation , PWDs , Data

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IFA team at the Now Us Award

Access Nigeria Wins International Innovation Award |News

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. The contest honours projects that advance the inclusion of marginalized ...

Tags: Disability , The spindles , Award , Access , Africa

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Martina Solomon

Scholarship Helps Teenage Breast Cancer Survivor Move Forward |News

Girls with disabilities are regarded as the most disadvantaged in almost all societies across the world. Their impairments either slow down their general progress or denies them opportunities that could make them successful or even less respectable and sometimes subject to ridicule. Despite obvious reasons, Martina Solomon is pushing the boundaries. Born in the Jos metropolis to a local businesswoman ...

Tags: scholarship , education , Disability , Inclusive , cancer

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PWD special registration

Special Registration Draws Jos Residents with Disabilities |News

Highlights: • INEC holds a special registration day • 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 registration days for people with disabilities, ...

Tags: elections , rights , disabilities , inclusion , voting , special needs , access , Registration , participation

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Emes Akaso enjoys scholarship

IFA Support Students with Disabilities |News

IFA Support Students with Disabilities Highlights • IFA supports the right to education for all • A boy with a 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 ...

Tags: learning , scholarship , children , support , education , Inclusion , disability

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Braille training exercise for voters with visual impairment

History Made as INEC Pilots Braille Ballot Guide for Voters with Visual Impairment |News

Highlights • Access Nigeria observes the 2018 Osun governorship election • Observers make interesting findings during the election process • Nigeria makes history To address the problems of inaccessibility during our polling unit audits in 2016, the Access Nigeria Campaign conducted advocacy to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders in 2017 and 2018. Among the demands made ...

Tags: elections , disabilities , Nigeria , visual impairment , History , braille ballot , Osun

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Hajiya Amina Zakari- INEC National Commissioner and Chair Health and Welfare Committee, Dr Adekunle L. Ogunmola-INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Outreach and Partnerships Committee (OPC)

INEC Commits to Making Elections in Nigeria Inclusive. |News

Access Nigeria on December 4th 2019 gathered close to a hundred persons with disabilities (PWDs) from across Nigeria to ensure that INEC makes the 2019 general elections inclusive. The Access Nigeria team brought together officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDS) and partners from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States Agency for ...

Tags: elections , rights , disabilities , INEC , inclusion

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