THE SIGN LANGUAGE AND ADVOCACY PROJECT IN UGANDA;
UNAD has been in partnership with The Finish Association of the Deaf (FAD) for nearly a Decade now, having successfully implemented projects empowering Deaf persons across Uganda for the past 8 years, UNAD again entered into partnership with FAD to extend its Sign Language and Advocacy project for 3 more years in the Districts of Agago, Budaka and Ibanda to consilidate the past 3 years achievement and spur further empowerment targeting Deaf persons, their families, ervice providers and the general community.
Project Goal is to to contribute to the promoting of the human rights of Deaf people in Uganda by accelerating their inclusion in the communities and benefiting from services there through sign language training, advocacy/lobbying, capacity building and awareness raising in the Districts of Agago (Northern Uganda), Budaka (Eastern Uganda) and Ibanda (Western Uganda)
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
Enhancing communication skills amongst 1725 Deaf persons in the project area by 2019..
Enhancing participation, inclusion and promote access to services by Deaf people through sign language training to the service providers and family members.
Advocating and lobbying for implementation of Deaf friendly programmes and policies in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, SDGs and other national legislations.
Building the capacities of local UNAD membership in three districts of Budaka, Agago and Ibanda and support the old Seven District Associations of the Deaf to sustain the project activities.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES FROM THE PROJECT INCLUDE:
Improved capacity of 24 sign language Trainers of Trainees from the project districts to train sign language.
Enhanced sign language communication skills for at least 1725 Deaf persons from the project areas and schools.
Increased self-esteem, confidence and awareness of their human rights and linguistic right to communicate in sign language.
At least 200 family members and 200 service providers able to communicate in sign language with the Deaf persons.
Increased awareness of Deaf culture amongst the hearing persons.
Empowered groups of parents of Deaf children formed and functional in each district.
Increased participation of Deaf people in cultural, social, political, economic activities/programmes with provision of sign language interpreters.
Increased access to education/enrollment of Deaf in schools, health care, justice among others by Deaf persons.
Deaf friendly policies and programmes being implemented.
Issues of concern for the Deaf are included in local and central government plans and budgets.
Increased awareness of Deaf related issues through publications and media partnerships.
Networks and linkages created with other partners as result of advocacy and information work.
Our key alies in this projects are the District Local Governments of Ibanda, Budaka and Agago who support the cause of empowering Deaf persons in the district.
- The project uses a Multiplier approach – Deaf Trainers of Trainees (ToTs) are identified and trained in Sign language.
- The ToTs are equipped with skills to train other Deaf persons, family members, service providers and interested people in the established Sub- county sign language training centres.
- Use of locally available human resources i.e. Sign Language instructors are identified and empowered within the districts of operation. This is to ensure sustainability of project initiatives.
- Proximity of training centres to beneficiaries. SL training centres are located at Sub county level to ensure minimal or no travel costs for the community members.
- Partnership with District Local Governments, CSOs and other partners – MoUs are entered into with DLGs agreeing to collaboration at all levels of the project cycle such as needs assessment, project design, implementation and monitoring.