About FAD

Fiji Association of the Deaf (FAD) was established in 2002 as a non-profit organisation after a long consultation between the deaf community in Fiji, expressing the needs of a Deaf organisation that can represent them at every levels. 16 years later, the organisation has grown from strength to strength, building relationships with partners around Fiji, Pacific and Oceania but still struggle to fully develop our services due to little statutory grants received from the Fiji Government and other public funding. It is our desire to continue finding more funding to grow our services to support the Deaf people living in Fiji and Pacific islands.

The vision of the Fiji Association of the Deaf is ‘Strengthening the Deaf community through empowerment, inclusion, promotion and diversity’. The mission of the Fiji Association of the Deaf is ‘To provide people who are Deaf with equal opportunities so that they can live as equal member in the wider society. To help people who are Deaf to gain an independence and the ability to advocate for their own needs’. There are six members of the FAD board, who are all Deaf and sign language users, duty elected by the member of the FAD at their annual general meeting.

Currently very few Deaf people in Fiji have access to any form of formal education, access to justice and fair treatment in all areas of our lives such as the workplace, community and public services. Women and girls are often abused; they are usually kept at home to do chores and fetch food from the sea or plantation while their hearing siblings are given opportunities to go to school. It is from our outreach programs and community awareness that new members are identified and we can bring them to the town centers for trainings in the area of human rights, empowerment, and financial literacy, etc.

When lobbying the Fijian Government for the rights and equality of Deaf people in Fiji, the FAD is often asked by Government to provide evidence and numbers of Deaf people living in Fiji and islands- that’s a roadblock for the FAD with its limited resources. It seems that the Government will only look at numbers and evidence before opening dialogue with the FAD and the Deaf community so there is a desperate need of data and evidence collection across the country, which is why we are proposing ‘Identifying Deaf Fijians’. With the project, we will be able to build on our database, collect evidence and create reports to present the Government and start advocating for the rights and equality of Deaf people in Fiji, including a legal status of Fijian Sign Language.

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FIji Association of the Deaf details on the WFD Members Directory: https://wfdeaf.org/who-we-are/members/wfd-members/name/fiji-association-of-the-deaf/

About the Project

Currently, many Deaf people in Fiji and Samoa do not have access to any form of formal education or access to justice and fair treatment in all areas of our lives such as the workplace, community and public services. It is from our outreach programs and community awareness that new members are identified and we can bring them to the town centers for trainings in the area of human rights, empowerment, financial literacy, etc. When lobbying the Fijian Government for the rights and equality of Deaf people in Fiji, we are often asked for evidence and information about Deaf people living in Fiji and islands. There is a desperate need of data and evidence collection across the country and our project ‘Identifying Deaf Fijians’ will help build our database, collect evidence and create reports to present the Government and start advocating for the rights and equality of Deaf people in Fiji, including a legal status of Fijian Sign Language. FAD also has a strong desire to help our neighbouring islands. Last year we went to Samoa and supported them to establish Deaf Association of Samoa, which was successful in terms of completing legal items such as constitution, election of the board, mission and vision of the organisation and so on. Our sub-project ‘Fulfilling Deaf Samoans’ will help provide more training how to lead the organisation. That includes leadership training, how to conduct meetings, how to advocate for the rights of Deaf people, how to approach higher level such as the Government and so on. Both projects in Fiji and Samoa will help Deaf people become empowered to lead independent lives and be embraced as equals in their home and communities.

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[Description: This video opens with a man signing directly at the camera. It will switch to a female and then switch again to another man both signing directly at the camera. It will end with all three together]
Hello, my name is Richard
I am the GNAD-YS President
Our project topic is empowering Deaf youth in the Cape Coast area
to participate in decision making in Ghana.
Hello, my name is Cosmos.
I am the Secretary for GNAD-YS.
Our goal is to empower Deaf youth in Cape Coast
with leadership and advocacy skills.
Hello my name is Linda
I am the GNAD-YS Vice President.
We will have many project activities including
board meetings, leadership training, national human rights based training and Youth Camp
The three of us are responsible for the project
and will be working together throughout the project from beginning to end.
GNAD-YS has many activities that we want to do for Deaf youth
but we do not have enough support or funding.
If it is possible, we ask you to please provide support
so that we can change and improve the lives of Deaf Youth in Ghana.
Thank you!

Fiji Association of the Deaf recently hosted a successful event with WASLI, August 17 to 19, 2018

Data Collection Activities, Fiji

Workshop & Training Activities, Samoa

If you would like to learn how you can support Fiji and Samoa, please email FAD at [email protected]

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