Established in 1968, Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) is the umbrella organization of Associations of Deaf People in Ghana. It is recognized as a voluntary Association and accredited by the Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment. GNAD was granted permit to operate as a non-governmental and Non- Profit organization by the Department of Social Welfare and the Registrar of Companies, Ghana. GNAD is a member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD). GNAD has mobilised around 11,000 members (60:40 for men and women respectively) out of the estimated 110,625 Deaf People in Ghana.
To achieve an active and productive deaf community with access to education and information, and steady economic activities that can sustain and maintain quality and security of life.
To mobilise members, remove communication barriers, create awareness on deaf issues, and advocate for equal opportunities for the Deaf People.
A) Enhanced Social Participation
GNAD implements family welfare projects aimed at educating the Deaf on reproductive health, family planning and responsible parenthood, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and other important issues. Sports development projects are also implemented in the regional and district branches of the Association to help develop and enhance the physical and social well-being of the Deaf, as well as promote their participation in sporting activities in the country and abroad.
B) Economic Empowerment
This programme aims to create source of livelihood for unemployed members of the Association by implementing income generating projects on a per regional basis. These include bead-making and batik and tie-and-dye production in the central region, soap-making in the Brong Ahafo Region, gari-processing in the Eastern Region, and farm projects in Ashanti and Volta Regions.
GNAD has been able to mobilise around 11,000 members in the 10 regions of Ghana. As a mouthpiece of the Ghanaian Deaf Community, GNAD takes interest in the welfare of the Schools for the Deaf in Ghana. GNAD also teaches sign language to individuals and organizations to ease the communication difficulties between the Deaf Community and the hearing public. GNAD continually lobby and advocate for the rights of the Deaf in Ghana.
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P .O. Box AN 7908, Accra North, Ghana, West Africa
Tel: 233 (0)302 680100
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