What We Do
- Mentorship and Deaf Role Model.
Roughly 90% of deaf children in Kenya are born in hearing families with no experience or information about deafness. As a result, many deaf children lack role models to inspire them to become confident and responsible children while unlocking their potential to become leaders in their spaces of influence. Deaf Children needs both deaf and non deaf role models to nurture them to become who they wish to.
Our Mentorship and Deaf Role Model Program is designed to reach out deaf children and their parents with messages of hope to greet the World with confidence.
- Sustainable Livelihoods
As statistics show and is widely documented, deaf people and their families are the poorest among the disability population due to communication barriers, social prejudice and exclusion. At Deaf Ability Initiative, we work to ensure that families of deaf children and youth enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate their active participation in the community life. We do this through income generating activities such as sustainable agriculture projects, marketable vocational and business skills training. We also create economic opportunities for parents of deaf children to improve the quality of life of deaf children.
- Kenya Sign Language Education and training.
Kenyan Sign language (KSL) is a visual language comprising specific gestures (signs), idiomatic expressions, hand-shapes and facial expressions. Kenya is among few countries in Africa that has provided legal recognition of Sign language (SL). Kenyan Sign language is also recognized in the national training curriculum and taught and examinable in both primary and secondary school for the deaf children.
We have designed specific Kenyan Sign language training programs for both national and county government officials and as well as parents of deaf children to improve their communication and interactions with deaf children and youth.
- Rights of the Deaf Child
Deaf Children are the most vulnerable and excluded members of the society due to communication difficulties. Too often their inherent and basic rights are ignored by their parents, guardians, service providers and duty bearers. As a consequence, they have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less participation in their community life and less economic participation. At DAI, we implement deaf child protection, child rights and child participation initiatives to ensure that deaf children and their families are empowered to demand and speak out their fundamental rights and freedoms with confidence.