What we do

We Showcase

We Showcase the Creativity of Children with special needs. We believe that Every child has an untapped potential, hence our approach to use arts and craft exposure as a creative strategy to increase awareness and advocacy for an inclusive and enabling basic education for children with disabilities.

We Reinforce Learning

We reinforce learning through our collaboration with special education experts to provide training for teachers on Inclusive teaching methodology and coaching skills needed to nurture children with special needs. Keeping in focus that the raising children is subject to multicultural and social statuses. Hence the need to build the requisite skills to match demands.

We Advocate

We advocate for or a more inclusive education system where young persons with special needs can thrive and achieve their fullest potentials. We Create a platform for knowledge sharing between inclusive and non-inclusive schools thus breaking the social and phychological barrier existing between children, teachers and even parents.

We Inspire

We Inspire the aptitude and agency of Children with special needs. Through our arts workshops we provoke their spontaneity and creativity as children and make them see the beauty that lies within their abilities - show them there's more to life than their abilities. We also Inspire caregivers, families, communities, and stakeholders within the education space to be more supportive and make their environment enabling and inclusive for young persons with special needs to thrive and achieve their fullest potential.

We Create Awareness

We create awareness on the Rights of Persons with Special Needs which are often overlooked due to non existent or little knowledge on the subject matter. The gap in knowledge doesn't only concern stakeholders but persons with special needs themselves. We inform, counsel and support the diffusion of knowledge regarding the rights of persons with special needs.

We Build

We build Social assets for young persons with Special needs through creating linkages and referrals between them and the supply side. Understanding the effects of social networks and mentorship to the development of young persons , we facilitate psychosocial support for young persons with special needs through our workshops, arts exhibitions, and trainings. We also build the life-skills of our target groups and track their performance over time.

Meet Our Founder/Creative Director

Deborah Brown Majekodunmi

Deborah is an International Development Professional with experience in Disability Inclusion, Child Protection, Gender and Education in Emergencies programme interventions within humanitarian contexts. Through her professional service with different International organizations, she has contributed to the improvement of learning outcomes for out of school children and adolescents and have influenced policy and practise within the stated thematic areas.
 
Deborah is a Mandela Washington Fellow (A US Department of State Initiative for young African Leaders) and an EU-Erasmus Mundus Scholar on International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+), she is also a recipient of the World Bank Women X Programme at Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria.
 

Her Journey into the field of Disability Inclusion

Deborah has an undying passion to serve the needs of Children with Disabilities. Her vision for KidsABILITY Initiative was nursed during her study period in Ghana Christian University, as a Bachelors Student in Development Management. She was keen about researching a rare and relevant societal issue for her dissertation, she eventually chose the topic: ‘The Impact of Vocational Training on the Livelihoods of Persons with Disabilities’. With the help of her academic advisor, Mr Alexander Tetteh, who is a disability rights activist in Ghana and a person with a physical disability, she was able to engage Accra Rehabilitation Centre, different disability rights groups and the association of disabled beggars in Accra. Her encounter with the beggars association triggered her interest to help persons with disabilities define their POSSIBILITIES. This is the hope that KidsABILITY Initiative fuels within children; providing a platform for them to create, engage and dream. 
 
Deborah’s fulfillment is drawn from the joy and hope families express everytime they see the strengths of their special needs children on display. Art has now become a tool that amplifies the voices and the rights of the children. Through the works of KidsABILITY Initiative not only will their creative works be showcased, but out-of-school children with disabilities will be supported to go back to school.
 
Deborah is happily married to Majekodunmi Abayomi, an IP Lawyer who is also passionate about Human Rights and development issues.

The KidsABILITY Project is driven towards the following outcomes ;

Outcome 1: Improved self-esteem and economic relevance for children and young persons with special needs

Participants realise Independence and positive mind-set to participate in socio-economic development in their community.

Outcome 2: Increased awareness on special persons’ educational needs

New partnerships and online community created for advancing dialogue and positive actions on inclusive educationEvidence-based communication products and materials promoted on new media for sustained solidarity and advocacy for persons with special needs..

Outcome 3: Galvanized action and advocacy for inclusive education and sustainability

70% of duty bearers in attendance pledge actionable and SMART commitments to ensure inclusive systems.

Active partnerships secured from Government, private sector and other CSOs to implement the Special Persons Creativity Lab Initiative for continuous training and linkage to persons with special needs to livelihood opportunities.

50% of non-inclusive schools participating in the project workshops make pledges to work towards becoming inclusive Target Area, Beneficiaries and Participants.