The National Association of Parents of Deaf Children of Uganda (NAPADEC) Background: The National Association for Parents of Deaf Children of Uganda (NAPADEC) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2009 with a goal of promoting and advocating for the rights of deaf Children in Uganda. NAPADEC is duly registered under the Laws of the Republic of Uganda under the Uganda Non- Governmental Organizations Registrations statute of 1989 No. S.5914/9188. The head office of NAPADEC is located at Block 170, Plot 164 Takajjunge, Mukono - Kayunga Road in Mukono District. Our Vision is: To have a society of deaf children having equal rights, opportunities and improved livelihoods. Our Mission: To... read more The National Association of Parents of Deaf Children of Uganda (NAPADEC) Background: The National Association for Parents of Deaf Children of Uganda (NAPADEC) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2009 with a goal of promoting and advocating for the rights of deaf Children in Uganda. NAPADEC is duly registered under the Laws of the Republic of Uganda under the Uganda Non- Governmental Organizations Registrations statute of 1989 No. S.5914/9188. The head office of NAPADEC is located at Block 170, Plot 164 Takajjunge, Mukono - Kayunga Road in Mukono District. Our Vision is: To have a society of deaf children having equal rights, opportunities and improved livelihoods. Our Mission: To advocate for and pursue the promotion of rights, equalization of opportunities and improved livelihoods of deaf children and their parents/families through advocacy, networking, unity and awareness creation. Our Goal: Improved livelihoods of deaf children and young people in Uganda Our core Values: Integrity, Transparency, Timeliness, Accountability, Teamwork and Innovativeness our current Strategic Focus: We are currently focusing on creating an impact and achieve visibility in three thematic areas namely; The Deaf Child The Parents (and family) of the Deaf The Community (environment) of the Deaf NAPADEC Institutional capacity development Our work is guided by the following objectives: a. To promote, and advocate for the rights of deaf children of Uganda b. To enable deaf children access quality services including but not limited to education, health, and others through raising funds and to acquire property c. To mobilize parents and caretakers of deaf children in Uganda to come up with a common voice. d. To encourage and promote the training, teaching, and usage of sign language at all levels in Uganda. e. To advocate for a positive response by the community towards deaf children, their parents or caretakers. f. To empower parents or families with improved incomes in order to support their children g. To do any other such activity as shall be deemed necessary for fulfilment of the goal and objectives of the association. The deaf child Support access to appropriate education for the deaf child through advocacy and related rights-based approaches, front for a fair assessment of examinations for the deaf by Uganda National Examinations Board, arrange for exchange visits and exposures to showcase successful role models to inspire and encourage the deaf, arrange to educate deaf children about their rights and responsibilities so that they are conscious about and can demand for their rights in society, procure counseling services in order to enable the deaf accept their conditions and not feel bitter about it but rather integrate and live positively, advocate for sign language interpreters and interpretation at all levels of the social services that affect the deaf children and young people, support the provision of assistive devices for those who have residual hearing abilities as well as other devices befitting for the varying degrees of hearing impairment, provide Skills training that shall include Vocational Training as well as life skills training, carry out sensitization on HIV/Aids Awareness, reproductive health and rights, carry out Deaf mapping and Needs Assessment Parent/Families We mobilize parents to form active parent support groups, sensitize parents and families of the deaf to remove stigma associated with parenting a deaf child (Children) and foster their acceptance as it applies to any other child in the family, strive to identify and promote income generating activities for parents of the deaf to engage in microenterprises to meet the needs of the family especially education of their deaf children, provide training in the use of sign language for parents and families of the deaf so that they can communicate with deaf children, equip parents with specialized knowledge that can enable them to address unique life survival skills for the deaf in their families. E.g emergencies in instances of fire, public places and related unique circumstances, the unique gender specific needs of the deaf and parenting skills, create a forum where parents of the deaf are able to meet, bond with each other and share experiences while building networks to form a social forum to further support the deaf children within and across communities, mentor parents of deaf children in parenting skills and how to prevent/ identify and manage difficult behavior. The community: We provide public awareness through creating visibility of the deaf as an integral part of the society through various social activities, complement existing efforts by Parent Support Groups (PSGs) to provide sign language alongside new broadcast by audible speech on national and other private television stations, advocate for interpreter services in all settings where the deaf are, organize public events that bring to the fore, the unknown and untapped capabilities that the deaf have in order to forge for their inclusion in public spheres of employment, policy and social systems, support/advocate for the creations of more access points for the provision of social services such as schools, and identify new cases of deafness and advise/ support accordingly Current work: With support from Deaf Child World wide (DCW), NAPADEC is implementing a 3 year project since 2017 ''improving communication for inclusive families'' in six districts namely: Masaka, Mukono, Jinja, Iganga, Luuka and Bududa. This project aims at promoting deaf awareness at National and District level, improve communication between deaf children/ young people and their parents/families and institutional capacity development of NAPADEC together with the six District Parent Support Groups (PSGs) in the districts where we work. Parents of Deaf children are mobilised through schools on school parents' days and through home visits to form parent support groups. These groups register at their respective district. Communication improvement for parents/families of deaf children is conducted by providing trainings on deafness, sign language training as well as trainings on psychosocial support and counselling plus stimulation and care. Sign language training for parents is delivered with special consideration of gender balance. The project targets to train a total of 180 parents in sign language that is 30 parents per district. Deaf awareness is conducted through Participation in local and international Deaf awareness week activities; Day of the African child; Participation in the activities for International Days for Disability, organising stake holders' meetings plus distribution of awareness materials. The project targets 1800 people for deaf awareness in the implementation districts. The plan is to create awareness to a minimum of 100 people per district per year. NAPADEC identified an annual activity called "NAPADEC Silent Walk" where parents, deaf children and young people carry out awareness activities every year targeting over 100 people at the National level and district level. The Silent walk was identified by NAPADEC as an annual activity aiming at creating public awareness and visibility of the deaf children and young people as an integral part of the society through various social activities Institutional capacity building for NAPADEC and Parent Support Groups (PSGs) is effected through trainings on governance / management systems and policies for the association (including but not limited to developing policies on human resource, child protection and board code of conduct), lobbying and advocacy, Financial management skills; project proposal writing and Resource mobilization; Sustainable livelihood training as well as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
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