|The Gozo Association
for the Deaf (G.A.D.) was founded on 21st May 1988. The first
hearing impaired members were twenty in number. These were
children and young adults who were born with a hearing loss.
Eventually membership was extended to other persons who became
hearing impaired adventitiously, and since on the island of
are no organizations for hearing impaired persons which address
their problems, the G.A.D. began to accept Maltese members
The G.A.D. is a non profitable
organization run by a few volunteers who dedicate their time
constantly and consistently to carry out the work entailed
in the services and activities that are respectively provided
and organized by the G.A.D.
Meetings for members, public
lectures, seminars, exhibitions, participation in EU Projects,
national and international events, keeping in contact with
national and international professionals and organizations
are among the various activities undertaken by the G.A.D.
The G.A.D. also has its
own centre which was officially opened on 2nd March 2003. At the Centre there is
a testing room equipped with an audiometer and a hearing aid
analyser, where the audiologist carries out hearing tests, tests hearing aids and gives audiological advice. There is also a Resource Room where
members and interested persons can borrow books, journals,
audio and video tapes on hearing impairment. Members can receive free councelling and advice on social educational matters. The hall of the
Centre is equipped with an induction loop system. This helps
hearing aid users to understand speech better whenever social,
educational and cultural activities are organized.
The G.A.D. is registered with the voluntary
organizations. It also forms part ot the Gozo Federation of Persons with Disability and is a member of the Gozo Council of NGO's.