Thursday, January 28, 2016

President Mohammed Buhari (PMB) vs Disability Bills (DB)

There was a little drama during the last administration; there were a lot of struggles by people with disabilities, parents and friends of people with disabilities. We the disability advocates, human activists, lawyers, etc fought for the Disability Bills (DB) to be assented and in the National Assembly the senators also did us well by reading and passing the Disability Bills (DB)  to the table of the former President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), then our hope was up, some even went on to fast and pray for GEJ to finally assent the Disability Bills (DB), then the general election was approaching, some believed that he will assent the Disability Bills (DB)  before the commencement of the general election, some persons with disabilities even did the campaign for GEJ and helped in other areas but what happened? He didn’t assent, then after the elections, some persons with disabilities had faith that he will assent the Disability Bills (DB) before the power handover and then one day before the power handover to President Mohammed Buhari (PMB)’s administration, GEJ hurriedly passed six bills into law though some bills was left out but guess what again? Sadly amongst the bills left out was the Disability Bills (DB). We, persons with disabilities were disappointed, sad, depressed, angry and upset, just all kind of emotions you can imagine.

Friday, January 22, 2016


It is my pleasure to introduce you to one of the strong disability advocates. His name is Mr. David O. Anyaele, he is the Executive Director of Center for Citizens with Disabilities and I am a volunteer advocate of his NGO. He has taught me a lot in advocating for Persons with disabilities and he has shown me ways to go and how to fight for the rights of persons with disabilities and today I can gladly say that with the experience I have acquired from him, I am able to fight for the right of persons in one or the other.

As he is celebrating the 17th Anniversary of his limb-loss, let’s join hands to congratulate and celebrate with him for what he has done for the disabled community and the impact he has created for the community too. He is sharing his experience on how he lost his hands to the RUF rebels of Sierra Leone because of his identity as a Nigerian and how it all happened in 1999. Enjoy reading his experience below:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The new president of Gallaudet University speaks on Americans for Disability Act

Minnesotan Bobbi Cordano is the new president of Gallaudet University, a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C, USA. She was formerly with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation before she took over as the president of Gallaudet University. In a Star Tribune interview, she talks about maintaining state ties and challenges still facing people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Cordano, who is deaf, was formerly vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul. She was also an assistant attorney general in Minnesota and an assistant dean at the Hubert Humphrey School for public affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her parents are both Gallaudet alumni. She took over the helm of the university January 1st, 2016. The interview conducted, condensed and edited by Allison Sherry. Here is the transcript:

Q: With the Americans for Disability Act in its third decade, where do you still see it unenforced?

A: We continue to be denied access to full civic participation in our community, particularly in the area of employment. An ongoing issue relates to those who require ongoing accommodations, such as