JONAPWD is the umbrella organization of persons with disabilities established in Nigeria to promote the rights and development of Nigerians with disabilities.

The organization was established in 1992, to represent the interests of the teeming population of persons with disabilities at the local and international level. JONAPWD is a full-fledged member of the International body called Disabled People’s International (DPI).

It serves as a link between Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in Nigeria and the international community. JONAPWD is currently composed of six disabled groups which are the Blind, the physically disabled, the deaf, the intellectually impaired, those with spinal cord injuries, and leprosy victims.

Though recognized by the Federal government, JONAPWD is not funded by the Government, rather its activities are funded by partner organizations like IFES, PACT, USAID, AAIN and Coalitions for Change (C4C), among other local and international organizations.

JONAPWD has an 8-appointed member board of trustees, 13 National officers, 6 heads of disability groups, 6 zonal coordinators and advisers, and 36 state chapters, including Abuja FCT.

What is our aim?

JONAPWD’s vision is a Nigeria where all women, men, girls and boys with disabilities, in all stages of their lives, are engaged, empowered and able to exercise and enjoy their rights on an equal basis with others, while contributing to national development, peace and stability. To this respect, we design, facilitate, implementing and monitor disability responsive projects and programs that fundamentally aim to strengthen and support the leadership and leadership development role of all ethnic minorities, indigenous people and other marginalized groups of persons with disabilities, including under-represented groups facing intersectional discrimination across all sectors in Nigeria by:

  •  Advocating for disability-responsive policies and laws, ending practices that prevent persons with disabilities from being considered citizens with equal rights, and ensuring that Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) are fully consulted and involved in legal issues that concern them, based on the principle of “Nothing about us”.
  •  Facilitating the process for policy frameworks and political environments that enable the functioning of persons with disabilities as human right advocates and civil society organizations representing the
    diversity of persons with disabilities, supporting their autonomy and capacity to lead policy concerns, and ensuing that consulting them early becomes routine in law, policy and decision-making, and other relevant processes; 
  • Supporting initiatives and partnerships that encourage the media to portray persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). These will include supporting campaigns and initiatives that seek to change negative perceptions of persons with disabilities and ensure leadership of a diversity of OPDs on key messages;
  • Engaging with stakeholders in design and review of humanitarian emergency and disaster preparedness and response policies, and procedures to ensure they are fully inclusive of persons with disabilities, including through accessible risk information, evacuation processes, shelter and food/Non-Food Items (NFI) distributions, water, sanitation and hygiene services and facilities; nutrition interventions, and provision of health and protection services, including Gender Based Violence (GBV);
  •  Ensuring reasonable accommodation elements for persons with disabilities to full participate in every aspect of the society;
  • Designing and implementing projects on capacity for stakeholders in learning environments, including teachers with/without disabilities, through pre-service and on-going in-service training to integrate principles of universal design for learning and/or build capacity of teachers with specific knowledge on the inclusion of learners with disabilities and develop mechanisms for making them available to assist educators across the education systems and its leadership.
  • Promoting disability data and facilitate disaggregated data using the Washington Group Questions on Functioning (WG) on visible and invisible disabilities in relations to demographic outcomes; and/or ensure provision of reasonable accommodations and assistive technology, which includes, but is not limited to both low-tech and high-tech augmentative and alternative devices, where needed.
  • Raising awareness in families and communities about the implications of the human rights model of disability, the importance of promoting social inclusion at the community level to advance inclusive education, and the role of families, guides and communities in contributing to inclusive societies while valuing the voices of persons with and without disabilities about the transformational impact of inclusion.
  • Pursuing and sustaining increased financial support to strengthen inclusive and accessible systems, and increase targeted investments to address specific requirements of women with disabilities, children with disabilities (especially girls) and youth with disabilities, particularly as the coronavirus disease pandemic and conflict redefines accessibility standards and all forms of reasonable accommodation.
  • Facilitating inclusive health and care services that are gender transformative, human rights-based, age-sensitive and disability-centered, and ensuring equal access to cross-sectoral public health interventions, such as provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene services, and their financings
  • Providing and advocating for inclusive working and entrepreneurial environment that include provision of appropriate reasonable accommodation and development of accessible innovations for tomorrow’s world of work (addressing the digital gap, developing flexible work arrangements, etc) that ensures significant increase in the level of employment of persons with disabilities.
  • Identifying and disseminating the disability-related extra costs faced by persons with disabilities and their families across the life cycle, and consider these costs in the design of social protection schemes. This will essentially aim at improving disability assessment mechanisms, accessibility of information and communication about schemes, physical accessibility of facilities such as for benefit application and receipt, and building knowledge and skills of the social protection workforce.
  • Building up monitoring measures to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities and to protect them from discrimination, exclusions, exploitation and abuse;
  • Expanding and coordinating disability movements with local and external development partners including governments, local and international NGOs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies to promote and implement disability-inclusive advocacies that are evidence-based
  • Developing links with other local and international associations and individuals abroad having interests similar to those of the Association;
  • Encouraging and coordinating the setting up of state and local government chapters of the Association in order to work with the poorest communities and set out their specific needs and priorities;
  • Mobilizing and disbursing resources (financial, human and technical) by way of contributions, granting, donations, affiliation fees, subscription fees, levies, legacies, covenants, and subventions, and pursue any other lawful methods of resource mobilization for the realization of the Association’s objectives;
  • Initiating disability-base social protection (as defined by United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) designs significant increase in real per capita incomes, along with steady growth in levels of employment;
  • Ensuring that barrier-free features are incorporated as a standard requirement in designs and plans for all new constructions, renovations and expansion of buildings and facilities used by members of the public, including transport, public offices and buildings, educational facilities and housing facilities, and to incorporate these provisions into existing building laws where they exist and where they do not exist, to enact new legislation 
  • Providing right-based capacity building programmes for persons with disabilities, their representative organizations, mainstream civil society organizations, international development partners, government to fully implement the CRPD, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other regional and national development agendas for persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities.

Vision Statement

A society where equality social justice and rights of persons with disabilities are guaranteed.

Mission Statement

To attain a society where equity social justice and rights of persons with disabilities are guaranteed through specific projects, advocacy  and partnership with relevant stakeholders.

Accountability & Transparency




When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling

If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place