Deaf Threaten to Sue Government for failing to Implement Sign Language Policy

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Uganda National Association for the Deaf- UNAD is threatening to sue government for failing to implement the policy of training people to use the sign language.

Uganda National Association for the Deaf- UNAD is threatening to sue government for failing to implement the policy of  sign language. Ambrose Murangira, chairperson of UNAD says that in 2006 parliament passed a policy requiring government to start training the use of sign language but nothing has been done.
 
Murangira says that the failure to train people in sign language has forced employers to reject the deaf even when they are educated because of communication problems. He warns that unless the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development moves to implement the policy, they will be left with no option but to sue government.
 
Murangira issued the warning while launching the UNAD project evaluation report early this week at their headquarters in Kiwanga-Namanve Mukono District. He appealed to the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social development to improve on their services and see how people with disability can benefit.
 
Deborah Iyute, the coordinator UNAD said that many deaf people are excluded from equal access of opportunities, enjoying their human rights and participation in the public issues in their communities creating a feeling of inferiority amongst them. She said that the deaf are considered none productive and hence can not contribute to the development of their communities leading to high levels of oppression and discrimination.

 

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