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Timeline - The Coming of Age of the Ugandan Deaf Community: Markers of Development and Emancipation

The timeline visually represents key moments in the community’s emancipation and development process.

Key Presentations and Publications

On 29th September 2015, the research findings are being presented in a national workshop at Kyambogo University’s Faculty of Special Needs, under the title Documenting the Ugandan Deaf Community’s Coming of Age: Presentation, Exhibition, and Multimedia Storytelling. The project was also presented by Dr. Sam Lutalo-Kiingi and Dr. Goedele A.M. De Clerck at the 17th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Istanbul, Turkey, on 31 July 2015 under the title Human Rights, Diversity, and Sustainable Development: The Ugandan Deaf Community Looking Back and Moving Forward.

The findings are being published in the book ‘Developing Sustainably? The Ugandan Deaf Community Looking Back and Forward’ by Dr. Sam Lutalo-Kiingi & Dr. Goedele A.M. De Clerck (Fountain Publishers, Kampala, Uganda).

Some of the previous research that has inspired and informed this study is detailed in the following literature:

Lutalo-Kiingi, S. & De Clerck, G. (in press). Promoting deaf citizenship in sub-Saharan Africa. Partnership between deaf communities, academia, and NGOs in deaf empowerment. In A.C. Cooper & K.K. Rashid (eds.), Signed Languages in Sub-Saharan Africa: Politics, citizenship and shared experiences of difference. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Lutalo-Kiingi, S. & De Clerck, G. (2015a). Perspectives on the sign language factor in sub-Saharan Africa. In G. De Clerck & P.V. Paul (eds.), Sign Language, Sustainable Development, and Equal Opportunities (pp. 159-187). Ghent: Academia Press.

Lutalo-Kiingi, S., & De Clerck, G. (2015b). Ugandan Sign Language. In J. Bakken Jepsen, G. De Clerck, S. Lutalo-Kiingi, & B. McGregor, B. (Eds.), Sign languages of the world: A comparative handbook. Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter. 

1959  Establishment of the Uganda School for the Deaf
1969  Establishment of the Ngora School for the Deaf
1972  Establishment of the Immanuel Church of the Deaf (ICD)
and Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD)
1992-2006  Partnership of DDL, UNAD,
and Kyambogo University, funded by DANIDA
1996- 2010  Partnership of ADD-UK and ADD-Uganda
1999- 2015  Partnership between ActionAid Uganda and UNAD in Western Uganda
2004- 2011  The Uganda Deaf Silent Theatre
2008-present  Partnership between UNAD and FAD (Finnish Association of the Deaf)
2000    Development of research on Ugandan Sign Language
and its deaf community at Kyambogo University
2015-present  Gender and youth programmes in the Ugandan deaf community
1967  Uganda’s inaugural deaf pioneers