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Students with DeafBlindness Need More Accommodations in Nigeria

Miracle Balogun and Ayodeji Lawal have struggled in mainstream schools because of inaccessible learning materials and few teachers trained in sign language and other ways of communicating with DeafBlind students. DJP fellow Oluwabukolami Omolara Badmus interviews the families of Miracle and Ayodeji along with Solomon Olakunle Okelola, executive director of Lionheart Ability Leaders International Foundation (LALIF). Okelola advocates for a more inclusive approach to education – a key pathway to fully participating in society. *Video includes audio descriptions. *Read along by clicking on the cc button on your YouTube player.

Photo of Oluwabukolami Omolara Badmus.

Filmmaker: Oluwabukolami Omolara Badmus

Oluwabukolami Omolara Badmus is a 33-year-old disability rights activist and feminist based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is both the financial secretary and Lagos state coordinator for the Lionheart Ability Leaders International Foundation (LALIF). Badmus is also an educator, teaching at a government/public high school.

Since 2019, part of LALIF’s major organizational focus has been on people with Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that can lead to DeafBlindness. After realizing how little Nigerian citizens know about Usher syndrome and those who live with it, Badmus is now actively involved in educating people, from government officials to educators, about this condition.

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