Crystal Chigbu’s personal experience with an amputee child inspired her to start the IREDE Foundation in 2012 to bring hope, joy, and purposeful living to all children living with limb loss, their families and caregivers. The Foundation also provides prosthetic limbs to children across Nigeria.
The Mr and Miss Autism Kenya pageant is an event that is helping to bridge the existing gap in awareness and education on autism. By alleviating the stigma associated with the condition, parents will feel more inclined to get their children diagnosed early, thus increasing the chances of successful intervention.
Haben Girma is an inspirational Eritrean-American who overcame enormous hurdles to become the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. She has released a self-titled book about her incredible life story, which took her from isolation to the world stage.
Born with deformed legs, Blessing Fire started using a wheelchair at a young age, with little hope of ever walking. His fighting spirit and determination pushed him to defy the odds, challenging himself to walk and dance – using his arms and hands. This is Africa caught up with this inspirational man to hear his story.
The Special Eagles, Nigeria’s Amputee Football team, risk missing the Amputee World Football for the fourth time. The lack of support from Nigerians and the government has left the team with no choice but to resort to crowd-funding online.
Children with disabilities face several challenges and need to be heard to make school infrastructure friendlier for them.
Rwandan girls with disabilities are challenging domination and stereotypes in a male-dominated setting.
About 80 per cent of all persons with disabilities live in developing countries, with 15 per cent of Africans estimated to have moderate to severe disabilities. Young persons with disabilities are three times more likely than non-disabled people to suffer physical, sexual and emotional violence.
Blind Ethiopian lawyer and activist Yetnebersh Nigussie 2017’s joint winner of the Right Livelihood Award is a force for inclusion, saying: ‘If I can excel…bring about my own change, I can help others.” She was honoured for her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities. The award is also known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize.