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Supporting vulnerable groups in the time of COVID-19: COVID 19 Information for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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The global COVID 19 pandemic has shone new light on stark inequalities that exist in various areas of human development, especially with respect to already vulnerable groups.

In the past two years, Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago has coordinated other like-minded groups to advocate for policy and legislative changes to remove obstacles to homeownership for disabled people, and promoted targeted disaster and emergency preparedness training for Autistics and the Deaf. As part of this strategy, they produced a public service announcement in collaboration with the Voice of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Trinidad and Tobago, a prominent Deaf NGO to disseminate COVID 19 information in Trinidad and Tobago Sign Language. (See video below)

Anessa Hamilton Legen, a social worker, and her agriculturalist husband Jamal, worked with Habitat's Communications Officer and local disability advocate Tracy Hutchinson Wallace to translate the WHO guidelines into sign language and voice the video; Trevlon Hall of Vision Abode Media shot the footage and turned the piece around in one day. As of July 2020, it is the only accessibility-designed information element disseminated by the public or private sector in Trinidad and Tobago.

This work is contributing to SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities (and associated SDGs 1,3,6 and 10). It is considered part of an action to extend their national advocacy campaign for access to land tenure and decent housing in Trinidad and Tobago, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Voluntary National Review on progress in implementing the SDGs, at the United Nations High-level Political Forum in July 2020.

To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HabitatTNT

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