Opportunities for Africans with Disability and for Special Education Teachers

We compiled a list of opportunities for Africans with disability and their educators. This list is by no means exhaustive. Some of the deadlines for the opportunities have passed but we have included them to make you aware of their existence. Make this go viral! Share with as many people as possible and help us Disable the label!

1) Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme for persons with Physical disability

This is a continuous scholarship awarded to university students aimed at easing the burden of university fees. Applicants are therefore encouraged to keep abreast with the webpage in order to be able to apply for the funds as and when possible.

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2) Autism Society of West Africa Annual Teacher and Parent Conference

The Autism Society of West Africa has an annual conference for parents and teachers of children with autism. This training is a unique and important platform for teachers and parents to be kept abreast with modern special educational methods and to let them brainstorm and share ideas to take better care of the students with disability. It is usually organised in April. Check out the Autism Society of West Africa’s Facebook page for more information.

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3) Disability Rights Scholarship Program

The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides awards to obtain a master’s degree to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).The deadline for this grant has passed but it is an essential opportunity for prospective lawyers, teachers and disability rights advocates.

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4) Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations Project Coordinator

This is a job opportunity for people interested in making a change in matters concerning disability in Ghana. It is a project that is geared at  promoting inclusion and participation of People With Disabilities (PWDs) in Ghana’s national elections in 2016. It is past the deadline but people are still encouraged to apply and be on the lookout for other job opportunities.

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5) Disability Rights Fund

DRF supports projects that demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to contribute to the advancement of the human rights of persons with disabilities, including in national development processes. Cross-disability and other partnerships (including with other human rights organizations) in-country are strongly encouraged, as are projects which address particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community.       

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6) Annual Conference on Disability Rights in Africa

This is an annual conference held in the first week of november each year in pretoria. It is a highly informative conference that deals with problems of disability in an African context. Conference participants often include disabled persons and their families as well as policy makers and implementers from all around the world.

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7) Dislabelled SustainAbility teacher training program for scholarships

SustainAbility is a periodic and easily replicable teacher-training program, which also serves as a platform for special educators in Ghana to brainstorm ideas and to get involved in policy making. It reels in experts and resources to keep the teachers abreast of latest pedagogy and technologies to enrich the classroom experience.After the training, Dislabelled donates the needed teaching materials to these schools. If you or your school is interested in receiving training, kindly email contact@dislabelled.org for more information.

8) Microsoft disAbility Scholarship

Awarded to promising high school students with financial need who plan to attend a vocational or academic college. This non renewable scholarship is designed for students declaring a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business or a related field. 

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9) Bennett A. Brown Scholarship

Provided by Georgia State University, this scholarship is for students with language-based learning disabilities who are registered at the Margaret A. Stanton Office of Disability Services at Georgia State. Successful candidates are incoming freshmen who demonstrate financial need.

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10) Landmark College Scholarship

Landmark College is one of only two colleges in the USA specifically for students with learning disabilities. Multiple scholarships are available for students and are based on financial aid and merit.

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11) UNESCO/ Emir Jabal -al-Ahmad-al-Jabal-al-Sabah prize for Digital empowerment of persons with disabilities

This prize is to recognize the contribution of individuals and organizations towards the improvement of life conditions for people with disabilities through the application of digital solutions,resources and technology. It is offered biennially 2016/2017, 2018/2019, 2020/2021

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