Deafblind program

DeafBlind Program

Deafblindness is a combination of visual and hearing impairment. It is a condition that many service providers in East Africa do not know about, and also the number of people with this condition is not accurately established. We however estimate approximately 37,000 deafblind people throughout East Africa.  Only about 800 deafblind people in the entire region or 2% are receiving any kind of services (2007). The services available are mainly in the form of education for a few deafblind children, and vocational training for even fewer deafblind adults.

 

 Deaf blind people are subjected to isolation both from the community and family level because of the negative attitudes communities attach to disability, the stigma that their families experience, and lack of knowledge about how to engage their children.

 

 Aim

To empowering parent/guardians of beafblind children and their families to promote communication between. 


Sign Language Training

This is offered mostly to parents/guardians of the deaf children to enhance communication between them and their disabled children in order to stem communication barrier.   

             

DeafBlind Program Activities

1)    Awareness creation on causes and prevention on deafblindness

2)    Identification and screening

3)    Home rehabilitation

4)    Eye/Ear clinical assessment

5)    Parents support group