Uganda Sign Language App Launched

Africa, ICT, November 7 2017

The Uganda National association of the Deaf (UNAD) last week launched a mobile application to ease communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Shs400 million App – dubbed UGsign Mobile – was developed in partnership with SPIDER, a Swedish programme for ICT in developing regions, to make learning of sign language accessible via digital platforms.

People with hearing disabilities make up close to 3.4% of Uganda’s population and is one of the most excluded minority groups in the country.

A recent survey by UNAD estimates that 87% of people who are deaf have no access to social services and this has been as a result of communication barriers that limit them from accessing education, health, legal and public services among others.

The UGsign Mobile, if fully adopted, will address most of the challenges facing those with hearing disabilities because it is user-friendly.

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