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Our Vision

A society in which deaf and hearing impaired persons are enabled to exercise their full rights and where the incidence of hearing loss is minimized.

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Our Mission

The Association for Hearing Loss Accessibility & Development is an active South African based association formed with the following Mission:

To serve as a Forum for the advancement of all persons with hearing loss so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community as well as the prevention of the occurrence of deafness and hearing impairment, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Aims & Objectives

  • An environment which is free from barriers which hinder the integration of all persons with hearing loss into all levels of the community.

  • The availability of adequate assistive devices & support as are needed to achieve this aim.

  • Measures to prevent deafness and hearing impairment.

  • Measures for the early detection and prompt and efficient treatment of persons who are, or might become deaf and/or hearing impaired.

The Principle of Universal Design: Universal design" means the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

“Universal design" shall not exclude assistive devices for particular groups of persons with disabilities where this is needed. In an effort to increase accessibility to structures, architects have developed the term called "universal design.” In simple terms universal design means design for everyone.


The idea behind universal design is to consider access of structures from their initial development (rather than retrofitting later), so that they become accessible to all people—including those with disabilities. By considering all users, then designing structures to be accessible to all, we improve our chances of people benefiting from the services within.

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Promoting equal access for persons with a hearing loss in South Africa in
line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Facilitating access in five areas

Access to the physical environment: What in your physical environment is
prohibiting persons with hearing loss from independently functioning there?
It could be the intercom at the entrance of the building's gate or the lack
of visual emergency alarms that is posing a barrier in your physical

Access to information: Can persons with hearing loss follow in your meetings
and workshops? Does the video material you presently have closed captions?


Access to programs: Can persons with hearing loss fully participate in the

programs you have established?

Access to services: Are all your services easily accessible? Or do you
force persons with hearing loss to have someone call on their
behalf because there is not a dedicated SMS line or email address they can

Access to products: Are the products you deliver user-friendly for all,
including persons with hearing loss?

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Stimulating development

Projects: All projects identified are in line with the UN Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities and aim to promote access for persons
with hearing loss.

Assertiveness training: We ensure that persons with hearing loss understand
hearing loss and their rights, by facilitating training.

Financial sustainability: As a non-profit, we strive to be financially
sustainable. For this purpose we take on various endeavours. Your financial
support will ensure that we can continue to serve persons with hearing loss.

UN Convention Protocol

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