IASSIDD (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) will be funding the facilitators for this conference however; all logistics for the conference to take place will be borne by the host country. It is on this premise and for the proper hosting of the conference that an LOC is being put in place. The LOC will be responsible for the overall coordination of all activities leading up to and after the conference. The LOC will be made up of volunteers from different spheres of life who have a passion for making a difference within their communities and who have the prerequisite skills and experience to make this conference a success.
The World Health Organisation, in its world report on disability in June, 2011, estimated that 15 percent of the population of any country lives with a disability. In fact, the total population of persons with disabilities in the world, according to WHO stands at 1 billion with 80 percent of that population being in the global south including Nigeria. This is rather frightening as more and more people are disabled on a daily basis due to failures in our health system and several road, home and industrial accidents. It is estimated that there are more than 22.5 million persons with disabilities in Nigeria whose contributions to the socio-economic and political development of the nation are being overlooked.
It is unfortunate that disability issues have not been given the prominence they deserve in Nigeria considering the staggering population of persons with disabilities in the country. According to the former president of the Joint National association of Persons with Disabilities, Barr. Danlami U. Basharu, Nigeria, while having ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its optional protocol in 2010, has not yet passed into law any national disability legislation despite the fact that the Convention provides for such as one of the conditions for ratification.