Dehat Ability Support Initiative, also known as ‘D-Ability Initiative’ is a non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring, supporting, and empowering persons with special needs (disabilities) in Nigeria. D-Ability Initiative does this through engagement in sustainable advocacy, public sensitization, provision of support, community mobilization, participatory engagement, and inclusive interventions in Nigeria. D-Ability Initiative strives to rebrand the face of Disabilities by changing the way our society views persons with special needs.
Because millions of persons with disabilities in Nigeria live in poverty as a result of the unprecedented unemployment rate, inadequate education, lack of skills, unjustified exclusion, stigmatization, and other setbacks. We are passionate about enhancing their potential. We want a world where anyone can engage independently and effectively with persons with special needs without the usual barriers or stigma in place.
It started as a small Community-Based Organization, operating at the grassroots with focus on supporting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In 2017, Dehat Ability Support Initiative was incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria.
Meet the Founder/Executive Director
Dr. Kingdom U. Nwanyanwu
Founder/ Executive Director
Dr. Catherine O’Brien
International Researcher, Associate Professor, Department of Government and Public Affairs, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C
Barr. (Mrs) Hafsat Sahabi Dange
Corporate lawyer; Manager & Head, Corporate Affairs Commission, Sokoto State , Nigeria; Founder & President, Nigeria Association of Northern Women Entrepreneurs (ANWE); Mandela Washington Fellow
Dr. Emilia Chukwuma
Chartered Public Accountant; Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Business, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C . U.S.A
Mrs. Nneamaka Faith Mokwe
Special Needs Educationist, Behavioural Management Specialist, International Civic Leader; Founder & CEO, Eliakim Global Resources Limited; Mandela Washington Fellow.