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Special Education Today in Nigeria

Special Education International Perspectives: Practices Across the Globe

ISBN: 978-1-78441-096-4

ISSN: 0270-4013

Publication date: 16 September 2014

Abstract

Special education and related services began in Nigeria, the most populous nation of Black people in the world, only a couple of decades ago courtesy of the efforts of missionaries from Europe and America. Although the government took over the responsibility of providing special education and related services to individuals in the late 1970s, evidence indicates that the provision of these services is beset by numerous formidable obstacles such as the absence of supporting laws, inadequacies in funding of services, inclusion programs, early identification and intervention services, personnel training programs, facilities, and educational materials. This chapter discusses these issues and focuses on current ways to improve the provision of meaningful special education and related services for people with disabilities in Nigeria.

Citation

Obiakor, F.E. and Eleweke, C.J. (2014), "Special Education Today in Nigeria", Special Education International Perspectives: Practices Across the Globe (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 28), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 377-395. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0270-401320140000028019

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