Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
In Gaza Strip, more than 10,000 people are with hearing
impediments or deaf. The Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
was established in May 1992 by women's health care and education professionals.
Atfaluna helps deaf and hard-of-hearing children realize their right
to academic education, vocational training, in addition to complementary
services including audiology and health care, counseling, social assistance,
and eventual job placement. Atfaluna works closely with the deaf
child's family. Atfaluna is the only institution in the Gaza Strip
devoted solely to deaf education and complementary services for the deaf.
The Society is administered by a board of directors of both staff and voluntary
Projects, Activities and Services include the following:
Special education for profoundly and severely deaf children, 3-16 years
of age. Audiology including assessments, hearing aid fittings and ear-mould
making. Hearing aid bank for the needy; social work services, out-patient
and enrolled students. Vocational training: carpentry, furniture, painting,
sewing and embroidery, traditional crafts. Women's income generating schemes.
Deaf women's sewing, embroidery and crafts provide incomes to 120 needy
deaf women. Teachers, parents and community training in Palestinian Sign
Language, better parenting, and deaf education.