A physical disability is a limitation on a person's physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina. With extrapolation from the United Nations statistics, over 24 million Nigerians are persons living with one kind of disability or the other. They vary in the forms of their disabilities. Thus, we have those with physical disability, that is, those whose disability affects the functionality of their limbs; those with visual disability, whose impairment is the total or partial loss of sight. There are those with hearing impairment; we also have those affected by leprosy; there are those with intellectual disability; there are still those with spinal cord injury. The albinos are also there. As diverse as their disabilities may be, they are very united in their quest for a better deal from the government of the day.The causes of physical challenges are very diverse, ranging from diseases, environmental mishaps and hereditary factors.
Regrettably, regardless of the high number of people with disabilities in Nigeria, very little support is allocated to the subject; persons with disabilities are often excluded from social, economic and political matters. The common perception of disability intervention is often in terms of charity and welfare. Consequently, this viewpoint is a significant factor that inhibits the social inclusion of people with disabilities in the country.
Accessibility: The lack of accessibility to physical structures, transportation, information, communication and technology has hampered the development of persons with disabilities in the country. Not being able to move wheelchairs easily in and out of buildings and places of association for the use of the public, not being able to communicate through appropriate formats for the deaf through sign language, for instance, Braille and audio for the blind, and easy-to- read formats for the persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, makes life a lot unbearable.
Education: a serious challenge is faced in the area of education for persons with disabilities. Considering the fact that education for persons with disabilities could be in many cases capital-intensive, not enough is being budgeted towards education for persons with disabilities and more particularly inclusive education, which ensures that all children should study in the same classrooms to help them to grow and understand one another together.
Healthcare: Another serious challenge is in the area of access to health care services. Deaf persons and the blind are usually at the mercy of untrained health care professionals who do not understand their needs on the field. Because of lack of a sign language interpreter, sometimes a deaf person is sent home with mere paracetamol. Pregnant women with disabilities have a great problem in accessing beds that are too high for them to climb into.
Political and public participation: Persons with disabilities feel excluded in the political and public decision-making processes of the nation. There is a real need to create an all-inclusive society where persons with disabilities can sit round the table in taking decisions that also directly affect them rather than having decisions being foisted on them. We should never lose sight of the disability slogan which states:
Work and employment: Like all persons, persons with disabilities have been shut out of the work market, many being discriminated against as a result of disability where they do merit the job. Others, due to employers' lack of understanding to provide a reasonable accommodation that would enable the person with a disability feel fully included in the workplace, are employed at the mercy of the employer. As a result persons with disabilities continue to remain below the poverty line.
Brief History of KFPCP
Against the backdrop of the many problems encountered by the physically challenged persons, this Brother's keeper was conceived and delivered. The Kpakpando Foundation for the Physically Challenged Persons (KFPCP) is therefore a foremost operational Non-Governmental Organization poised with the drive to cater for the "vital needs" and well-being of Persons with Disability in Nigeria. Born on 30th October 2006, under the able leadership of an icon with a heart of gold, Senator Osita lzunaso, the Kpakpando Foundation has and will continue to bring succor to the teeming numbers of physically challenged people spread across Nigeria starting with FCT and lmo State.
For eleven solid years, KFPCP has bridged the gap between the physically challenged persons and the rest of the Nigerian society in the areas of healthcare, education, skills acquisition and advocacy.
- To uplift the educational standards of the physically challenged and less privileged persons in Nigeria through procurement of scholarships and skills acquisition
- To advocate policies towards the eradication of harmful cultural practices against the physically challenged adults and children.
- To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for the physically challenged persons at all ages through awareness, curative, preventive and care
- To reduce poverty and hunger amongst the physically challenged persons through targeted welfare
- Advocacy for government inclusion of physically challenged persons in development planning and policy
- Establishment of physically handicapped units in government hospitals in the regions of Nigeria and continent of Africa.
- Partner with government agencies for the provision of accessibility and transportation of the physically challenged persons.
- To ensure that all public building in Nigeria have access to people with disabilities (PWDs)
- To promote healthy competition for excellence amongst the physically challenged populace in Nigeria through yearly intellectual and sports
Over 5000 Membership Strength
Over 1000 Scholarships to PwDs
Over 20,000 Units of Wheel Chairs
Over 1,000 Units of Motorized Wheel Chairs