Advocacy, education, family supports, outreach, sibling issues.
Omegbhai Uriri was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in Microbiology and a graduate degree in Public Health Microbiology in 1994 from the University of Benin, Nigeria. She migrated to the U.S. in 1996 to join her parents in Atlanta. Omegbhai graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Public Health in 2000 and relocated to the Nashville area with her husband and family later that year.
Omegbhai worked as an Environmental Specialist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). She resigned in September 2008 to focus on her family, particularly to better meet the needs of her youngest daughter, who has autism.
Since resigning from TDEC, Omegbhai has completed several training programs through the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Tennessee Voices for Children, STEP, and the ARC Volunteer Advocacy Training Project. She is currently a board member at large for the ARC Tennessee. With the assistance of Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Omegbhai recently started a support group for African immigrant families who have children with disabilities. She hopes to open avenues for better opportunities for individuals with disabilities, especially minorities.