Individuals with intellectual disability and developmental delay. These include: Mental retardation, autism, ASD, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, Down syndrome, reading disability, dyslexia, speech and language delay, articulation disorder, learning disability.
We enroll new children year round. We will interview the parents and meet the child. We will then decide if we need to assess the child to determine the best Class Level to place him in. Assessment is for two days and the fee is assessment fee is N10, 000.
Our curriculum is designed to develop the potential of each individual with emphasis on acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy skills, ability to communicate and development of daily living, pre-vocational and vocational skills.
The total staff strength of the Centre is 36 of which 12 are Special Education Teaching Staff plus a full time physiotherapist. In addition Open Doors benefits from both local and foreign missionary volunteers. The Plateau State Ministry of Health posts a Community Health Worker to the Centre.
Open Doors for Special Learners was established in October 1999 by Joanne Umolu, Ph.D., a retired professor of
Special Education. Open Doors is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a not for profit, charitable
NGO under the management of a Board of Trustees and a Board of Governors.
The main function of the NGO is to run the Open Doors Special Education Centre located in Jos, Plateau State. The
Centre started functioning in 1999 in a temporary accommodation in Jos. In 2003 we moved to our permanent site
where we now have two classroom blocks, a physiotherapy and vocational training building and a small building that
currently houses the sensory stimulation room, APT workshop and school shop. We also have a poultry house and a
Our enrollment is about 90 children from 18 states. The basic fees for enrollment in the Centre per year are 90,000 Naira per child with minimal additional charges for physiotherapy, speech therapy and vocational training if required. The fees are used to cover staff salaries and running cost. The Centre relies on occasional donations and grants for construction and other development expenses.