WE ARE DEAF SPEAKING OUR VOICE!
HørHOn 28th October 2015 NUDIPU together with the guild Minister for student with disabilities and the Deaf Youth at Kyambogo University attended the International Deaf awareness week (IDAW). This year’s celebration in Uganda took place in the town council of Mukono Distric in the central region of Uganda.
The Deaf Youth at IDAW communicated a strong message to Ugandan government and officials during the celebration.
“We urge all duty bearers to use their powers to enforce the implementation of the legal provisions that provide for access to information for the deaf and to improve on loopholes in the existing laws”.
“Campaigning on the Rights of Deaf children and Young People to Use sign language” is very timely. It draws attention to a deep-rooted problem affecting the deaf dismal efforts to promote sign language, a recognized language approved by the constitution of the republic of Uganda. Together we can make Uganda a better place for the deaf and promote inclusive participation in community activities, says Bychance Emmanuel from the Deaf Youth at IDAW celebration.
According to the Deaf Youth, sign language is central to the enjoyment of human rights and to the exercise of rights of citizenship of deaf. However, it remains largely a non-issue and unknown by most Ugandans, thus widening the communication gap both among the deaf and between the deaf and our hearing colleagues. “The importance of sign language to the deaf cannot be over emphasized. sign language .It facilitates the enjoyment of the rights of the deaf people, be it access to education, health service, information, they are all aided by communication through sign language”, says Nasser Ssenyondo a former student of Ntinda school for the deaf in Kampala and Ngora High school.
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