• The 1995 amended constitution of Uganda recognized sign language thereby making Uganda the first country in the world to recognize sign language in the national constitution. As a result, sign language is allowed in schools and other public and private places. We started a diploma course in sign language at Kyambogo University. A sign language dictionary has been produced which also made Uganda the first country in Africa to produce a national sign language dictionary.
  • We successfully lobbied for the representation of PWDs in Parliament and since 1996 we have had a Deaf Member of Parliament which also made us the first country in the world to have a Deaf Member of Parliament.
  • Access to information has increased as UNAD successfully appealed to the Uganda Communication Commission for the enforcement of PWDs Act 2006 which requires televisions to provide sign language interpreters.
  • Though a lot of challenges do exist to access health care services especially reproductive health by Deaf persons, there has been improvement in sharing of information between Deaf persons who learn sign language from UNAD sign language training centres.
  • Access to education has also improved as a result of affirmative action we successfully lobbied for. For example, by 2005, there were only two Deaf persons with a university degree in the whole country which greatly contrasts the current situation whereby over 30 Deaf persons have since graduated in various fields.