Our Priorities

Our priorities as an organization of and for Deaf people include:

Cultural Identity

We believe in promoting our cultural identity as being distinct and different from the general Nigerian culture. Pressing for the recognition of Sign Language as one of the national languages is our priority in order to promote our cultural identity.


Our priorities in this area are:

 ·                To improve the standard of education for Deaf people;

 ·                To train Deaf leaders’ and Social Workers’ interested in working with Deaf people;

 ·                To educate the Deaf on the scourge of fraudulent street and corporate begging, trafficking in persons, sexual abuses and other vices;

 ·                To ensure full integration of the Deaf into mainstream society in order to face the challenges of modern technologies and globalization;

 ·                To promote Deaf Children’s right to receive a multi-lingual/multi-cultural education and to implement training programmes to develop healthy identities for all Deaf Children, their families and CODA children (Children Of Deaf Adults);

 ·                To provide mentoring and leadership trainings for Deaf Youth in order to provide leadership for the teeming number of Deaf young people.


As an organization, we seek to empower our members to maximize their innate potentials as human beings so that they could attain to the highest level possible, in all spheres of life.

Human Rights

Deaf Rights are human rights. Our human rights priority is to make sure that the basic and fundamental human rights of Deaf people are protected and upheld. Such human rights as cultural/sign language right, right to employment, right to equal opportunities including political participation and decision-making, right to quality education, right to law that protects our interests, right to information, etc.

Sign Language Interpreters

Our priority in this area is to provide an enabling environment for the establishment of a National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (NASLI). We recognize that Sign Language Interpreters are a fundamental resource in achieving human rights and full access. The term Sign Language Interpreter is a concept inclusive not only of hearing Sign Language Interpreters but also Deaf Sign Language Interpreters and Interpreter guides for deaf-blind people.


Our priority is to ensure full accessibility to information in any form for the benefit of the Deaf. Accessibility to information on network TV stations through close captioning and sign language. Accessibility to tailor-made healthcare delivery services, including information on HIV/AIDS and other Reproductive and Sexual Health. Accessibility to decision-makers and service providers.