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Project Title

Strengthening Deaf Education, Empowerment & Employment (Deaf-E3)


Gallaudet University (prime), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant

DDW’s Role

USAID Sub-Contract

DDW’s Partner

Nigerian National Association of the Deaf, Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, and Deaf Teachers Association of Nigeria, Deaf Nigerian communities, and Global Deaf Research Institute


May 7, 2021 – May 6, 2024


The Strengthening Deaf Education, Empowerment & Employment (Deaf-E3) project, supported by USAID, aims to address the educational disparities and marginalization faced by deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind (D/HH/DB) children and youth in Nigeria. This project focuses on four key groups essential for advancing equitable basic education: (1) educational professionals, (2) D/HH/DB Nigerians, (3) Nigerian Sign Language interpreters, and (4) USAID and other development actors. Gallaudet University subcontracted DDW to provide capacity-building training to three and Deaf Nigerian communities and Deaf-led Nigerian organizations (Nigerian National Association of the Deaf, Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, and Deaf Teachers Association of Nigeria).

Our Services

Gallaudet University has already established relationships with Deaf Nigerian leaders, some of whom are members of the Nigeria National Association of the Deaf (NNAD). Due to Gallaudet University’s reputation as the “Deaf Mecca,” their influence can sometimes affect the decisions of local Deaf Nigerians regarding their community’s needs. It’s crucial to have a system in place to check and balance these influences, and that’s where DDW steps in. Here’s how DDW implements their services to meet the needs of Deaf Nigerian communities:

Deaf-Centric Consulting

Developmental Accessible Resources and Tools

Well-Informed Workshops and Training

DDW works together with board officers of NNAD, DWAN, and DTAN through six interactive workshops to clarify their organizational structure, partnerships, and relationship with signing Deaf communities in Nigeria.
DDW creates resources and tools that are more user-friendly and visually appealing for Deaf Nigerians.
DDW provides interactive training to help Deaf Nigerians make informed decisions and apply their knowledge effectively during and after the program.

Topics include:

  • Community conflict resolution
  • Organizational capacity assessment
  • Organizational development
  • Leadership assessment
  • Linguistic advocacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Networking skills

Topics include:

  • Accessible technology platforms
  • Business pitch creation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • SWOT analysis
  • Grant writing templates

Topics include:

  • Technology 101
  • Project management
  • Logistic management
  • Facilitation skills
  • Community needs assessment
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Risk assessment and management

Impact At-A-Glance


Deaf Nigerians trained, including a comprehensive community needs assessment and the identification of priorities.


training sessions delivered to 24 Deaf Nigerians over 2 years.


community workshops (2 per zone) conducted by our 12 Deaf Nigerian core team.


Deaf-led organizations refined, enhancing their capacity for self-advocacy, systemic change, partnership building, and equitable inclusion.