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Foundation seeks inclusiveness for persons living with disabilities

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The founder and Executive Director, The Irede Foundation, Crystal Chigbu, has called for actions on inclusiveness and reduction of discrimination for persons living with disabilities.
 
She also urged the Federal Government the enforce the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, which was signed into law in 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari at all levels.
 

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She stated this during a media session as part of activities marking the organization’s yearly campaign tagged: ‘Out on a Limb,’ celebrated every April to commemorate the Limb Loss Awareness Month.
 
Chigbu, who is also a development consultant with a focus on children and teens living with disabilities, said the foundation aimed to work towards inspiring actions to build inclusiveness in the workplace, education, banking, and airports with a goal to ensure all stakeholders, principals, parents, and others work together to determine the most effective ways of providing an inclusive environment.
 
She maintained that the dream of a society was to create an enabling environment for children living with disabilities, and discrimination reduced to the barest minimum for all persons living with disabilities.
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Chigbu remarked that since the inception of the foundation eight years ago, it had educated, encouraged, and empowered 103 child amputees with 186 limbs across 20 states in five geopolitical zones.
 
As part of efforts to commemorate this year’s limb loss awareness month, she said the foundation was giving out 70 limbs to children and young adults.
 
Among some of its challenges, she lamented that “Limbs are very expensive and depending on the level of amputation you have used. The prices of limbs ranges and the different functions of the limbs determine, to a large extent, the functionality of the limbs.

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The cost of the limbs can be very frustrating for a parent, when you have planned that your child will use the leg for you maybe nine months and under six months, you have to change it.”

“The second challenge is the availability of the component in the country that is used to create artificial limbs. Most of the components used to create artificial limbs are imported. They are manufactured in Nigeria. The Federal Government should see how they can start manufacturing artificial limbs in Nigeria to reduce the cost of buying imported limbs.”
 
Programme Lead, The Irede Foundation, Wuraola Kayode highlighted some of the foundation’s achievements and how it is integrating children with limb loss back into society.

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