Dehat Ability Support Initiative, also known as ‘D-Ability Initiative’ is a non-profit Organization that focuses on promoting the rights and welfare of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in Nigeria. D-Ability Initiative does this by supporting them, providing empowerment, advocating for their inclusion, and fighting stigmatization of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons in Nigeria.
It started as a small Community-Based Organization, operating at the grassroots and supporting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by mediating between them and their Hearing family members. Since 2017, it has been registered as a non-profit organization with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria. D-Ability Initiative strives to rebrand the face of Deafness by changing the way our society views the Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.
Because millions of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons in Nigeria live in abject poverty as a result of unprecedented unemployment rate, inadequate education, lack of skills, unjustified exclusion, stigmatization and other setbacks. We are passionate about enhancing their potentials. We want a world where anyone can engage independently and effectively with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons without the usual barriers or stigma in place. We believe in promoting an inclusive society in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Meet Our Founder/President
Dr. Nwanyanwu, Kingdom U
Dr. Catherine O’Brien
International Researcher, Associate Professor, Department of Government and Public Affairs, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C
Dr. Bright Chimezie Irem
Physician, Tech-Innovation Expert, World Bank Group Youth Summit Alumni, CEO at Afripharm Group/Afripharm Medicals (Ltd); Fellow Global Citizen, Mandela Washington Fellow.
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
Mr. Scott Warren
Founder, Generation Citizen, New York; Echoing Green Fellowship Advisory Committee Member; 2010 Global Fellow.
Dr. Emilia Chukwuma
Chartered Public Accountant; Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Business, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C . U.S.A
Adebanjo, Adetosoye Moses
Public Health Consultant; Mandela Washington Fellow; Carrington Fellow; Executive Director CORD Public Health Initiatives; International Civic Leader; Program Coordinator Initiative for Integrated Community Welfare in Nigeria.
Mr. Obert Masaraure
President-General, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ); International Civic Leader; Mandela Washington Fellow.
Mrs. Nneamaka Faith Mokwe
Special Needs Educationist, Behavioural Management Specialist, International Civic Leader; Founder & CEO, Eliakim Global Resources Limited; Mandela Washington Fellow.