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Social Media Tax Hampers Communication Among Deaf PWDs

Apparently, the PWDs are unable to access the video calls without paying the Shillings 200 social media tax each day. Deborah Iyute, the Programs Officer the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda is one of those using video calls for her communication.

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The introduction of the social media tax is hampering communication between PWDs with hearing impairments. This particular group of Persons with Disabilities-PWDs uses sign language, which is dependent on video calls on social media applications like whatsApp, Imo and face book.

The National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda, the umbrella body of all PWDs in the country introduced its members to video call applications on November 17 2017 to ease communication. Apparently, the PWDs are unable to access the video calls without paying the Shillings 200 social media tax each day. 

Deborah Iyute, the Programs Officer the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda is one of those using video calls for her communication. She told URN through her translator, Martin Ssenoga that she records herself using the whatsApp video call and sends the message to her recipients who respond using the same platform. 

Iyute says given the fact that the PWDs use videos to communicate, they use a lot of data.

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Iyute noted that the newly introduced social media tax is high for the PWDs with hearing impairments, saying it will hamper their communication.

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Iyute also notes that they have formed various social media groups, which connect them. These include among others Deafhood Uganda group, Children of Deaf Adults, the Deaf Ministries, News, Sports and Entertainment. 

Iyute asked government to consider reducing the cost of social media, saying it is the only way they can communicate.

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