To advocate for inclusive gender services & equality for deaf girls and women and other vulnerable groups like children, youth and the elderly.
To promote the inclusion of deaf persons in formal and non-formal education in order to enhance their access to employment and participation in civic and economic processes.
Towards the realization of UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRP) and towards the achievement of the implementation Persons with Disabilities Act 2019 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNAD Mobilizes government, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to support deaf/disability community in Uganda translating commitments into concrete actions
To strengthen the ability of deaf persons, to make a viable living through increasing opportunities and wealth creation. With specific focus on skills for employment and entrepreneurship, microcredit as well as agribusiness.
Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) is a duly registered not-for-profit
organization that represents all the deaf communities in Uganda. UNAD was established
by deaf persons themselves in 1973 as an umbrella organization bringing together all
the different categories of deaf people in Uganda. Since her formation, UNAD has
grown from being a small association to a national one representing Deaf Associations
in the various districts of Uganda.
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics national census (UBOS, 2014), there were
approximately 1,083,964 Deaf people in Uganda. However, due to the inadequacies in
data collection in addition to the fact that deafness is invisible, UNAD estimates the
deaf population in Uganda to be much more.
The vision of UNAD is “Dignity for every deaf person”.
The mission of UNAD is “Building capacities, promotion of Uganda sign language, and advocating for the rights of deaf people.
Communication barriers faced by the Deaf persons prevent their integration, full participation in family, community and enjoyment of human rights entitled to all members of society. UNAD’s core competence, thus is the development and promotion of Uganda Sign Language so as to bridge the communication barrier between deaf people and hearing people.