Joint National Association of Persons with Disability

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JONAPWD is an umbrella organization of persons with disability 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 recognised 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.

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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. The National President directs the affairs of the association and other National officers support her.

"If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place." -Susan Wendell

Mission, Vision & Core Values


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


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.

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News & Events

International Disability Day

United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually held on December 3 to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities.

White Cane Day

White Cane Safety Day is celebrates blind and visually impaired people's achievements in the United States on October 15 every year. It also reminds people about the how the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and the visually impaired live with greater independence.

International Week of the Deaf

The last full week in September 2015 is Deaf Awareness Week. It is also known as the International Week of the Deaf (or International Week of Deaf People). The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to draw attention to deaf people, their accomplishments and their issues.

World Leprosy Day

World Leprosy Day is annually observed around the world on the last Sunday of January. The day was initiated in 1954 by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau, as a way to raise global awareness of this deadly ancient disease and call attention to the fact that it can be prevented, treated and cured.