We are training a group of 8 self-advocacy facilitators and supporting them to establish and run a self-advocacy group for people with Down syndrome in Lagos. The group will meet regularly for 10 months.

The challenge

People with Down syndrome in Nigeria are often underestimated and do not have their voices heard in decisions that concern them.

What we are doing

Self-advocacy group for people with Down syndrome established in Lagos.

In November 2018 we spent a week training 8 people from Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria to become self-advocacy group facilitators. Now we are supporting them to establish a self-advocacy group for people with Down syndrome in Lagos.

Read the latest from the self-advocacy group here:

Self-advocacy group meeting in Lagos

The facilitators will support the group members to develop their skills and knowledge as self-advocates and begin to engage in advocacy work.

Long term impact

This project will support people with Down syndrome to become confident self-advocates, able to speak up for themselves and other people with Down syndrome.

This will have a positive impact on their lives but will also play a role in promoting the rights of people with Down syndrome in Nigeria. In our experience advocacy is much more effective when it is done by people with Down syndrome themselves.