Kudos to the school Management, all staff and students for promoting inclusiveness. The motivation and career series talk was amazing. These young minds were poised to work towards their dream irrespective of physical disabilities.
Photo credit: Mr. Isiaq, Yusuf and Saifullah
The IYDEA-Nigeria 2016 motivation and career talk series was flagged off at A.A. Raji Special School Sokoto, Nigeria. We hope to cover North-Western Nigeria with the message of “social inclusion begins with me”
Young pupils with hearing disability were engaged on how to break away from the shackles of discrimination to become fully fitted in school and society at large. They were also inspired with breakthroughs that persons with hearing impairment have achieved. The next series with these young minds will feature the use of sports for inclusion, plays for inclusion, painting and drawings for inclusion.
IYDEA-Nigeria appreciates the classroom teachers and our volunteer (Mr. Tunde) for your support.
#Socialinclusion #SaynotodescriminationofPWDs #SDG4 #Inclusivity
For the first time in Calabar, graduates with physical disabilities had an after-school orientation which was geared towards preparing them for life after school and guiding them in the course of job search, and employment habits. This event was organized by the Initiative for Youths with Disabilities Empowerment and Advancement (IYDEA) Nigeria in partnership with the American Corner Calabar and iKapture Networks. It was tagged “IYDEA Nigeria’s After-school Orientation for Special Graduates”.
It is very important for University graduate with special need to be more prepared for life after school which is very competitive in nature. Hence, without adequate preparation, the special need graduate may face even more complex problems while searching for jobs in the labour market. So for them to step up their game, they must learn how to write an attractive CV and cover letter, how to be ICT savvy, job searching skills, interview and employment etiquette and more importantly, they must learn a skill that could make them self-employed. The participant had the following sessions:
- CV/Cover letter writing- Juliet Ufot
- Self-development/awareness- Mr. Jude Ogar
- Entrepreneurial Skills- Esther Keshi
- ICT – prospects for persons with special need – Mr. Aquila Ndem
- Employment Etiquette – Mr. Martin Martin.
The program was delivered in English language and also interpreted in the American Sign Language by Sam Martins and Solomon Ekanem.
Graduating students with physical disabilities feel a strong need for belonging and ought to be empowered for survival after school. Organizations need to be more open on employing persons with disabilities because despite their disabilities, there are abilities and talents unseen.
The following were participants’ feedback :
“This is what we need to survive after school”
“IYDEA Nigeria please be our voice to the government and the world at large”
“This program have taught us how to fish and we are willing to teach others in our position how to do the same”
“This is the most impressive and impacting orientation I’ve received in my life and it would not be forgotten in a hurry”
“Words cannot express my gratitude for this program, Thank You IYDEA Nigeria!”
Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 27, 1880. Her infancy was normal until, at a year and a half of age, she contracted meningitis. The disease rendered her both deaf and blind. The next years were hellish for her family, as they knew of no way to reach through her double disabilities to communicate with her. As for herself, she was imprisoned in her body, and lonely, unable to make her needs and desires known.
Alexander Graham Bell was not just the inventor of the telephone. He was also a teacher of the deaf. Keller’s family contacted him and when he met her he sensed her innate intelligence. He suggested that the family hire a young woman named Anne Sullivan to tutor the young Helen. The family was well off and able to afford this tutoring for their child, so they contacted Miss Sullivan.
Anne Sullivan was herself partially blind. She had studied at the Perkin’s Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Boston, and at the age of 21 hired on to live with the Keller family and work with Helen. Sullivan devised a method of making hand signs that Keller could understand by pressing her hand, making the signs, into Keller’s palm. By this method the young girl was able to learn to communicate brilliantly. By her eighth birthday she was well known, and her fame would grow throughout her life. Mark Twain befriended her and called her The Miracle Worker.
Helen Keller went to Ratcliffe College, and by means of Sullivan spelling out lectures into her palms, she obtained a degree. During her years at school, encouraged by the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, she wrote her autobiography, entitled, The Story Of My Life, in order to answer the endless curiosity of people across the globe. She even learned to speak by pressing her fingers against Sullivan’s throat and imitating the vibrations. She was the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college, and she did so Cum Laude.
Throughout her life she would meet many famous people and have many experiences. She met with every President who served in her lifetime. She even had the experience of enjoying music, thanks to the violin and talent of Jascha Heifetz, a prominent 20th century violinist. By feeling the violin’s vibrations she could tell which composer’s music was being played. She also danced in Martha Graham’s studio by feeling the vibrations of the music.
She spent much of her life on the lecture circuit with her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan. Sullivan briefly married, but divorced and return to work with Keller. Keller became a champion for the blind, published numerous books throughout her lifetime, and participated in speaking out against such things as child labor and capital punishment.
The Gold Medal of the National Institute of Social Sciences was conferred upon her in 1952. In 1953 she was honored at the Sorbonne in Paris, France’s highest honor. In 1955 she won an Academy Award for her documentary, “Helen Keller In Her Story” and received an honorary degree from Harvard. In 1964 she was given the United States’ highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Helen Keller died at the age of eighty-eight on June 1, 1968. Her legacy lives on as Foundations and Institutes are formed to continue the work of putting an end to blindness. The Helen Keller Prize is awarded to those who focus the attention of the public on the matter of vision research
International Day of People with Disability (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called “International Day of Disabled Persons” Each year the day focuses on a different issue.
International Day of People with Disabilities Themes by Year:
- 1998: “Arts, Culture and Independent Living”
- 1999: “Accessibility for all for the new Millennium”
- 2000: “Making information technologies work for all”
- 2001: “Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome”
- 2002: “Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods”
- 2003: “A Voice of our Own”
- 2004: “Nothing about Us, Without Us”
- 2005: “Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development”
- 2006: “E-Accessibility”
- 2007: “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”
- 2008: “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us”
- 2009: “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”
- 2010: “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”
- 2011: “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”
- 2012: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”
- 2013: “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”
The Maiden Edition of the VASE CLUB Exhibition held on 20th September 2013 at Cultural Centre Mini Theatre Hall, was a tremendous success. It was one in which all in the audience were enlightened and also experienced real social inclusion. Thanks to our partners NYSC for Disadvantaged Group Development (NFDGD). You can read more about the event from the national dailies “The Nation newspaper” by just clicking here