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  • Organisation

    The Association for the Deaf (AFD) is a non for profit organisation officially registered in 2013 but already active for over eight years. Its role and mission are to promote and protect the rights and interests of all people with deafness in Laos. It delivers services such as sign language training and equip sign language interpreters for the members in communities and in general society. AFD is part of the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA); starting very small by having 25 members and now we have 280 members in just the Vientiane Capital. In the past years, AFD partnered with Handicap France and also the School for the Deaf in Vientiane to service our members by providing Lao basic sign language training and also some relevant vocational training.

     

    • Organisation

      The Association for the Deaf (AFD) is a non for profit organisation officially registered in 2013 but already active for over eight years. Its role and mission are to promote and protect the rights and interests of all people with deafness in Laos. It delivers services such as sign language training and equip sign language interpreters for the members in communities and in general society. AFD is part of the Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA); starting very small by having 25 members and now we have 280 members in just the Vientiane Capital. In the past years, AFD partnered with Handicap France and also the School for the Deaf in Vientiane to service our members by providing Lao basic sign language training and also some relevant vocational training.

       

    • Project

      In Laos, like elsewhere, deaf persons face communication barriers and lack of access to education.  On a personal level, they lack the communication skills to develop relationships with family and community members.  They also have limited awareness and understanding of issues and are not able to make good decisions that affect their lives. The AFD is the only non-profit association in Laos working to meet the needs of the deaf community. AFD focuses on the provision of sign language education to support meeting the basic needs of the deaf community and individuals by empowering them to communicate with their families, community members and service providers.

      The project Empowerment for the Deaf Community supports the development of knowledge and skills of the members of the AFD as well as contribute to the growth of the community of deaf youth in Laos. As the AFD is capable of providing quality services for its members, the association will attract new members and will be able to benefit from membership fees to continue its mission in Laos. The project is implemented in three provinces. In each province, beneficiaries come from multiple districts around the main provincial capitals of Vientiane, Pakse and Savannakhet cities.

      The key objectives are:

      1. Youth members with deafness have improved participation in social and economic activities as a result of improved communication.
      2. To establish provincial representatives of AFD in 2 provinces (Savannakhet and Champassak).

       

      All deaf members of the AFD in 03 provinces who are facing difficulties and lacking of opportunities in accessing to trainings; these members are also facing difficulties in access to information due to their limited education, sign language skills and lack of supportive technologies. The development target in them will help protect their rights and improve their livelihood, create safe environment and be able to contribute to the social and economic development.

  • Project

    In Laos, like elsewhere, deaf persons face communication barriers and lack of access to education.  On a personal level, they lack the communication skills to develop relationships with family and community members.  They also have limited awareness and understanding of issues and are not able to make good decisions that affect their lives. The AFD is the only non-profit association in Laos working to meet the needs of the deaf community. AFD focuses on the provision of sign language education to support meeting the basic needs of the deaf community and individuals by empowering them to communicate with their families, community members and service providers.

    The project Empowerment for the Deaf Community supports the development of knowledge and skills of the members of the AFD as well as contribute to the growth of the community of deaf youth in Laos. As the AFD is capable of providing quality services for its members, the association will attract new members and will be able to benefit from membership fees to continue its mission in Laos. The project is implemented in three provinces. In each province, beneficiaries come from multiple districts around the main provincial capitals of Vientiane, Pakse and Savannakhet cities.

    The key objectives are:

    1. Youth members with deafness have improved participation in social and economic activities as a result of improved communication.
    2. To establish provincial representatives of AFD in 2 provinces (Savannakhet and Champassak).

     

    All deaf members of the AFD in 03 provinces who are facing difficulties and lacking of opportunities in accessing to trainings; these members are also facing difficulties in access to information due to their limited education, sign language skills and lack of supportive technologies. The development target in them will help protect their rights and improve their livelihood, create safe environment and be able to contribute to the social and economic development.

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