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Campaigners urge sign language education in schools

Portrait of a boy who answers a question in sign language In a classroom at the School for the Deaf.

Kenyan campaigners urged the government to provide basic sign language lessons in schools to enhance communication with students with hearing disabilities, reports Xinhua.

Jemimah Kutata, founder of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, said the country requires people who have formal education in sign language to help in the fight against discrimination facing women and girls with disabilities.

“Access to services is a major challenge to persons with disabilities. We are asking the government to provide sign language interpreters to schools, hospitals and public gatherings to help boost our communication with the service providers,” said Kutata.

She said that there was a big gap when it comes to women and girls with disabilities in regard to sexual health.

Kutata urged event organizers to consider people with disabilities when planning for activities so that they can access podiums, toilets and staircases with ease.

Rose Obol, a program officer with the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, urged authorities to speed up the implementation of sexual health and rights policies and programs tailor-made for disadvantaged groups.

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