Deaf children struggle to access education on an equal basis with others. Some of the key barriers include:
- Insufficient placement of sign language interpreters in schools at primary and secondary schools
- No sign language interpreters at tertiary education institutions
- Insufficient placement availability at Deaf schools
The unemployment rate amongst people with disabilities is estimated to be double that of the general population. Deaf adults in particular find it difficult to obtain paid employment due to the barriers in the education system and difficulty communicating with the general community. Work placement opportunities are needed for Deaf people to participate in the economy on an equal basis with others.
Sign language is not acknowledged as an official national language in Lesotho. As a result there is very little deaf awareness and Deaf individuals find it difficult to access information or communicate with others as many are also illiterate.
There are few assistive devices or specialist medical practitioners available for Lesotho's Deaf community. Lack of a comprehensive early childhood identification and intervention system means that dozens of Deaf children may be missing out on services which could improve their long term outcomes. Deaf people of all ages struggle to access public health services because they are unable to communicate with health professionals.