GADHOH (NGO no. A86) was
founded in Banjul on the 21st April, 1992 under its former
name Gambian Association of the Hearing Impaired. In order
to be allowed membership of the World Federation of the Deaf
(WFD) the organisation had its name changed to its present
one in 1994.
Their goal of GADHOH is to see the establishment of a society
in which persons with hearing disabilities are treated as
full members of the nation and are accorded their rights as
The Gambia Association for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing has a number of initiatives on its roadmap towards
reaching its goals.
• Make provisions for nursery education for pre-school deaf
• To reach out and offer counselling for deaf people as well
as their families.
• To increase the socio-economic capacity of 18 year olds
& over through adult education in the method of sign language,
citizenship, HIV/Aids sensitization workshops, numeracy etc.
• The training of suitable candidates to become teachers of
sign language & literacy programs. The training of Sign
Language Interpreters and the setting up of an interpreter
• The ongoing development of a job finding service to aid
deaf people find employment and to set up job creation schemes
and to be on hand to offer support to co-workers and employers
• To stimulate interest and encourage the participation of
the deaf community in the work of the association to keep
it democratic and strengthened.
• Deaf awareness workshops & seminars for the general
public as well as interested organisations and groups.
• To collaborate and join in partnership with other NGOs,
Government agencies and beneficial partners to work towards
rapid progress towards their objectives.
• To further develop the Gambian Sign Language (GSL). It was
created by GADHOH utilizing knowledge of the native sign language
and has its own distinctive grammar. They also produce a number
of sign language books & a dictionary.
• Providing practical skills training and education for young
• Providing training opportunities for parents of deaf children,
especially in respect of learning skills in sign language
for better communication with their offspring. The same service
is available for work colleagues and employers.
• The development of local branches nationwide.
• Continued development of the organisation to increase its
effectiveness and its efficient use of its limited resources.
• The setting up of clubs for the deaf around The Gambia.