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Uganda to Commemorate the International Deaf Awareness Week

Uganda will join the rest of the world in commemorating the International Deaf Awareness week, from 19th to 23rd September 2022 at Iganga Municipal Council Primary School in Iganga Municipality.

The commemoration will be under the UN theme of “Building Inclusive communities for All,” but according to the Minister of State for Disability Affairs, Hon. Asamo Hellen Grace, the theme has been domesticated to “Building Inclusive communities for All: Uganda Sign Language Unites Us.”

“The adapted theme aligns with the Ugandan culture and global advocacy efforts, to raise awareness about the needs of the deed community at different levels,” Hon. Asamo said.

While addressing reporters at Uganda Media Centre Thursday 15th September, Hon. Asamo said that the theme highlights the efforts Government needs to undertake to provide inclusion of the deaf community especially through sign language to increase their access to Government programs and information.

She added that it will also motivate other stakeholders and development partners to support the deaf community to utilize available programs in Uganda for inclusive development.

The Commemoration brings together Government Ministries, departments and Agencies, Community members, professionals, institutions, Development partners and the general public to participate in the engagement on hearing loss, deaf people and their social-economic well-being.

According to the Uganda National Housing and Population Statistics, there are over 1,290,000 Deaf people in Uganda’s current population.

“Due to the increase in the number of deaf people benefiting from the special grant for people with disability, Government has made commitment to recruit sign language interpreters,” Hon. Asamo noted.

She further added that the Ministry of Education and Sports has embarked on the process of translating learning materials into Uganda Sign Language through the support from UNICEF.

“Government is committed and prepared to address the concerns and needs that come with deafness to ensure inclusion of deaf people social-economic Development processes,” minister Asamo said.

According to Hon. Asamo, inclusion of the deaf community in the country’s Development agenda is key to fulfilling Uganda’s Vision 2040 and achievement of the 2030 Agenda of leaving no one behind.

The minister further urged the general public to participate in the District commemorations and interact with persons with disabilities to better understand their concerns.

The climax of the week-long commemoration will be a National event to take place on 23rd September 2022.

The event will be presided over by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Robinah Nabbanja.

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