Advocating for Children with Disabilities

30 Aug 2019
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Disability is certainly not an inability. The world is galloping towards major efforts promoting diversity and inclusivity. There have been a great number of campaigns promoting the rights and welfare of differently-abled people in the world. Much of the responsibility lies with the parents/guardians of children who are differently-abled since, at a tender age, they need to be dealt with the right measures and the requirements.

There have been many people who have scaled up commendable efforts for disabled children, one of which remains the Nigerian, Chidi Topaz Olujie. Chidi is a known philanthropist and educator. He has made a phenomenal impact in the area of special education and also campaigned for the rights of the same. His efforts have won him the Deaf Teacher Association of Nigeria award and an induction in the Main Organizing Committee.

  1. Recognize that girls and boys with disabilities are capable and can change the world
  • It is essential to have high expectations for your daughter or son. Every child is meant to learn and grow. Do not let the negative perspectives of others define your daughter or son. We must recognize their talents and potential so that they can make a contribution within their communities.
  • With a support network, available resources, mentors, and the love of your family, your daughter or son can achieve their full potential.
  1. Create a support network
  • It is common to feel alone or only when you face the educational system. What are the resources at your disposal to ensure that your daughter or son can achieve his or her maximum potential without barriers?
  • Create a community around you that can support you such as your neighbors, other parents of disabled children, support groups designed for parents, and people with disabilities.
  • You will understand better how to take advantage of opportunities for your daughter or son with a strong support network. Creating this support network will help you access the services for people with disabilities that exist within your community.
  1. Promote the independence of your daughter or son
  • The time will come when your daughter or son will grow up and want to form his own life. By leaning in the community and using technology, you can help strengthen your independence without disconnecting from your life.
  • To start, talk with your daughter or son to understand their wishes and interests. Support their independence and help them find and form their own identity.
  • If your son or daughter requires personal assistance, talk to your community and other experts to get more information about programs and support services for independent living.
  • It is possible that these programs provide a personal assistant, and the cost of this support is borne by the state where you live. The assistant represents a resource so that your daughter or son can find his own way without feeling watched all the time. For more information about personal assistance, contact local organizations or talk with people in your community, including people who know or support your daughter or son at school.
  1. Meet with your teachers to create a work plan
  • Teachers and student counselors can be the best advocates and resources for your child’s success.
  • It is important to create a relationship with the teachers in the school, to support your daughter or son. They should understand the skills and interests of your daughter or son well.
  • Together, with your daughter or son, you can create a plan for personal growth and school achievement.

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