Improving access to socio-economic services of deaf blind persons in Rwanda

The project aims to improve educational access and “socio-economic services” for deaf-blind people through investigating the challenges faced not only by children with deaf blindness but also their families. It intends to work with persons with deaf blindness, their families, the community members and local authorities from three Districts (BUGESERA in Eastern province, GICUMBI in Northern Province and RUSIZI in Western Province) in order to achieve four objectives:

(i) Generate new knowledge that will contribute to the removal of challenges towards transformative and inclusive society;

(ii) Find evidence and arguments that are urgently needed to transform education and training systems so that they are able to participate in socio-economic community based initiatives;

(iii) Investigate communication and livelihoods challenges they are facing in their families and in community at large;

(iv) Find out the opinions and recommendations from People with deaf blindness and their families purposely to inform national legal and policy provisions.

The project proposes to use participatory action research to generate evidences compiled in a research report. It also proposes to disseminate the evidences through conferences, media campaigns and publications.

Key Themes:
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: rwanda
Principal Investigator: Beth Nasiforo Mukarwego
Co-Investigators: Emile Vuningabo, William Safari, Eric Tuyishime
Host Organisation: National Union of Disability Organisations in Rwanda
Partners: University of Rwanda
Duration: 4 months