In a continuous effort to change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities (PWID), Special Olympics Nigeria is currently successfully implementing the ID4I (Identification for Inclusion) solution powered by the Mission Billion Challenge, and supported by the partnership of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The solution aims to facilitate the registration and issuance of a unique and secure National Identification Number (NIN) to people living with intellectual disabilities and their families. Thus improving access to opportunities and services for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in our society and giving them further access to acquire vital documents and other social and welfare services beneficial to them.
The ID4I solution registration using a grassroot approach is currently ongoing in various special schools/inclusive schools within various local government areas across lagos state. The activities entails coordinating information session for persons with intellectual disabilities and their family, providing orientation training to registration staff, and deploying mobile registration to capture biometrics within communities, hence encouraging issuance of NIN to persons with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Nigeria believes pioneering this grassroot solution is key to driving inclusion and scaling up identification enrolment of PWIDs and their family members across Nigeria.
Special Olympics Nigeria is part of a worldwide movement (Special Olympics International) that is aimed at changing the misconceptions individuals have about people with intellectual disabilities (PWID). Our mission is to provide various sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities thus providing a platform where their abilities are celebrated in the society.
The World Bank Mission Billion is one of the world’s leading international developmental programs seeking solutions to enable vulnerable populations such as people with limited digital access and marginalized groups to obtain digital IDs and use them to verify their identities and access remote services. The Mission Billion funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. It also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public/private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.