Need for Effective Disability Services in Nigeria: The Case for Open Doors for Special Learners, Jos

Paul M. Ajuwon, Okechukwu Ogbonna, Joanne J. Umolu


In Nigeria, the majority of families who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have access to professional services.  Acute shortage of special educators, coupled with social, economic and cultural problems, negatively impact the development of specialized services. In this article, the authors document the evidences and information gathered from a focus group of parents at the Open Doors for Special Learners, Jos, Nigeria. Comments and discussions revealed, among other things, superstitions participants held regarding disabilities, how families shopped for a “cure” for their children’s disabilities, and excessive caregiver burden. Recommendations are advanced to empower families and their children with disabilities.

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