Blind and Visually Impaired Society of Maldives
The Blind and Visually Impaired Society was registered in the Maldives in January 2010 and advocates for the rights and wellbeing of the blind community. It conducts vocational and life skills programmes, and also awareness sessions for parents of blind children and members of the general public on the rights of children, especially the right to education. It conducts its outreach activities through public television and weekly radio programmes.
Maldives Deaf Association (MDA)
The MDA was registered in the Maldives in September 2008 to empower and promote the rights of the deaf community in the country. Through various awareness programmes, the MDA aims to raise public awareness on the everyday difficulties faced by the deaf community, as well as to conducting outreach activities and raise funds to support focused programmes for the deaf. These include providing educational opportunities, especially teaching Sign Language for deaf children and training so that deaf children are made aware of their human rights.