By Alice Lubwama
Sense international Uganda a charity organization supporting deaf & blind people in Uganda together with National association of deaf blind persons of Uganda have developed a module of communication for persons living with both deaf and blind impairment that will be handed over to the government to be made the official language for these people.
Alice Nabaja from sense international says that the tactile module of communication will mainly help deaf blind people who have acquired vocational skills to be able to communicate with other people. Tactile communication is a form of nonverbal communication or body language in which touching, handshaking, kissing, etc. conveys a message from sender to receiver.
Sense international Uganda with support from big lottery fund is implementing a three year live hood project in Uganda supporting persons with deaf blindness with vocational skills to be able to live a dignified life. “Many of the people with deaf blindness especially the youth are in vocational training learning various vocations and being supported to go to the communities then work and live dignified life.’’ Nabanja added
She said that many of them have acquired skills in making paving stones, handcraft, carpentry, sanding, cookery and catering. Nabanja said that after acquiring the skills they need now to communicate with other people to be able to market their products.
The National coordinator of National association of the deaf blind persons of Uganda Yonah Waswa called for a deliberate move by government to ensure that there professionals that can train the tactile module of communication for these people to be able to communicate. He said that apparently most of them cannot communicate , attended too by their families and making their own choices because there is lack of communication between them and their families.
Waswa has also asked government to make a census and establish the number of these people to help in planning purposes. “If we are lining our national development plan suitable development goal then the first thing government can do is to carry out a census and establish the number of these people after doing that then it can be possible to adequately plan.’’ Waswa said
He also called for a special grant that will specifically target people who cannot see and hear plus their families.