Creating an Inclusive society for the D/deaf!

ROIS Uganda


To bridge the communication gap between the deaf and hearing communities, ensure their access to public services in and to involve them in the competitive employment circles of Uganda.  We are the voice of the voiceless.  We give the unheard a voice to the world.  To those that have a voice, we act as a go between without sugar-coating their message.  We deliver their message without searing the fat.  We represent the Ugandan community without discriminating anyone, regardless of age, sex, tribe or language. 

‚ÄčTo ensure that persons with hearing impairment and vulnerable youth and adolescents in disastrous situations have equal access to information for equal development in Uganda. 

Diversity Statement
ROIS embraces diversity and inclusiveness as core values in achieving its mission.  It is the philosophy of ROIS that diversity encompasses a wide range of human abilities and perspectives.

ROIS is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive environment where differences of opinions, beliefs and values are sought, listened to, respected and valued. Through inclusiveness, ROIS is committed to expanded membership, participation and leadership that reflect the diversity of the Ugandan community.

ROIS also pledges to enhance its policies and practices so that these adhere to the highest standards of diversity and inclusiveness and to work closely with its affiliates to further this commitment (including but not limited to language, culture, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability and socioeconomic status).  We embrace, support and enact the UN Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

Core Values
Language: We value the acquisition, usage and preservation of Sign Language.

Culture: We value the right of deaf and hard of hearing Ugandans to share similar beliefs, sense of belonging and experiences as a signing community.

Legal Values
Civil Rights: We believe in equality, dignity, and justice for all deaf/hard of hearing and vulnerable Ugandans.

Human Rights: We believe that acquisition and use of Sign Language is an essential human right.

Linguistic Rights: We believe that Sign Language must be preserved, protected and promoted.

Community Values
Diversity: We value deaf and hard of hearing Ugandans with diverse perspectives, experiences and abilities. We are committed to the elimination of audism, linguicism, racism, and other forms of discrimination.

People: We value advocates and allies as the builders of the Ugandan deaf and vulnerable communities.