An overview of the situation
There are no reliable statistics, but the number of deaf and hard of hearing people in Uganda is higher than in many other countries. In addition, deaf people in Uganda are often discriminated against. Many people do not know much about the causes and consequences of deafness and think that deaf and hard of hearing children are not able to be educated since they have never heard of sign language. Also, most special education institutions for deaf children are private and charge a lot of school fees. Costs for school and transportation are often higher than the parents can afford.
While most children in Uganda can nowadays attend public primary schools for free, deaf children remain excluded. This way, many deaf children grow up without being able to go to school, without being able to speak a language and without being able to stand up for their rights. This makes these children extra vulnerable to violence and abuse.