In Nigeria today, persons with disabilities are seen as charity cases. Their unique gifts and contributions to society go unseen. Worse still, they don’t know their own self-worth. I grew up with a disability. I have lived firsthand the life of a woman pitied but not valued.
Through my organization, Divine Foundation for Disabled Persons, I work to make sure people with disabilities are fully contributing members of society who know and value their own self-worth. We do this in three ways: we empower individuals through skills training; we raise awareness in the community on the value of persons with disabilities; and we hold advocacy campaigns to stop abuse of the disabled.