By Cynthia Alo
ASSOCIATION of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Nigeria, AIDDN, and Children’s Developmental Centre, CDC, have called on Nigerians to support people living with disabilities and not to avoid them as they are part of the society.
AIDDN, a group that advocates for persons with special needs and CDC made the call during a briefing on awareness and support campaign for those with special needs in Lagos.
Director/Founder of CDC, Dr. Yinka Akindayomi, explained that one of the greatest benefits of working together was the inspiration and ideas which could result from unity.
She noted that people from different backgrounds and levels of experience can help in creating solutions to problems in the society, especially where stigma was concerned.
She said: “In 2019, a new government will be elected into office; it is our right to advocate for an inclusive society, where we create an environment for all to thrive.”
On his part, National President of AIDDN, Segun Joseph, said there is need to intensify the awareness, so that “there will be a special space created for those with special needs in the country.”