AGED-Network mission involves working to ensure full access to resources regardless of the physical activities.
The-Network mission involves working to ensure full access to resources regardless of the physical activities.
The organization works to achieve this by engaging with policy makers to ensure the right bills are passed, eduacting the population on the importance of inclusion of disabled people in the communities and developing interventions targeted at empowering disbled people to live fully independent lives.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2018, about 29 million of the 195 million people who comprise Nigeria’s national population were living with a disability. Data from the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey reveal that an estimated 7 percent of household members above the age of five (as well as 9 percent of those 60 or older) have some level of difficulty in at least one functional domain, seeing, hearing, communication, cognition, walking, or self-care; and 1 percent either have a lot of difficulty or cannot function at all in at least one domain.
The findings indicate that persons with disabilities lack access to basic services and that attitudinal barriers represent a major impediment to their socioeconomic inclusion. Inclusive policies are either nonexistent, weak, or inadequately implemented. There is an urgent need to improve the current socioeconomic situation of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.