Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities and its Implications on Special Education Practice in Nigeria


Authors : Dominic Samaila; Ibrahim Ango Mailafia; Kareem Mary Ayanjoke; Chukwuemeka Emeka Joshua

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 6 - June

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The advent of Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. While the pandemic threatens every person in the country, it is significantly impacting millions of people with disabilities as a result of their pre-existing conditions. This paper highlights the consequential impacts of Covid-19 pandemic on people with disabilities in Nigeria viz income support, gender base violence, difficulties in accessing health services, and support from caregivers due to isolation, social distancing and the lockdown measures. It also presents the Covid-19 impact on the education of people with disabilities and implications to special education programme in Nigeria. The paper offers recommendations for government to respond to these challenges both now and in the future.

Keywords : Covid-19, People with Disabilities, Assistive technology, Special Education.

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