The Swedish Association of Hard of Hearing Young People (Unga Hörselskadade – UH)
The Swedish Association of Hard of Hearing Young People (UH) is an organisation for young people who are hard of hearing. We cater to people up to the age of 30, offering meeting places for children and young people with hearing impairments to meet, have fun and develop on their own terms without being hindered by impairment. The term ‘hard of hearing’ refers to hearing impairment, tinnitus, hyperacusis, Meniere’s disease, deafness or any of the other varieties. It is vital that children and young people meet others in the same situation and find role models and inspiration for not allowing themselves to be hindered by being hard of hearing.
We have national and local level meeting places. On the national level, we offer camps, courses and conferences that are open to everyone in Sweden. Locally, we have associations that organise activities for residents of the area. We are always striving to make our meetings available to all our members, but at times, certain activities may be geared for a particular age group. Most of our activities are held in spoken Swedish or Swedish sign language.
We also work toward bringing about a society that is better for children and young people who are hard of hearing, a society that respects their rights. As part of these efforts, we collect and disseminate knowledge about young people and hearing impairment. We also have a running discussion with authorities and politicians who make decisions that impact the lives of hard of hearing young people.
It is important for children and young people to meet with others that are hard of hearing. Doing so allows them to fortify their identity and become secure in themselves. Therefore, we provide national and local meeting places for young people with hearing impairment.
It is vital that the experiences and perspectives of hard of hearing children and young people are respected when authorities and politicians make decisions that affect us. For this reason, we conduct influencing efforts to ensure that the rights of hard of hearing young people are respected.
It can be difficult and confusing to navigate through all the information available regarding hearing impairments and the rights hard of hearing young people have. We therefore collect information on this topic in our knowledge bank with you as a hard of hearing young person as our audience.
Frequently asked questions
How do I become a member of Unga Hörselskadade?
If you are 0-30 years of age and live in Sweden, you can become a member of Unga Hörselskadade. Simply fill out the form found on the Become a Member (Bli Medlem) page. It is free to become a member. Members will receive information about events happening near you, can participate in our activities and help support our efforts to make society a better place for hard of hearing young people.
Do you offer activities in my language?
Most of our activities are in spoken Swedish or Swedish sign language. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have activities in other languages, but as our organisation is guided by our members, you are welcome to help UH create meeting places offered in other languages. If you are interested, please get in touch at email@example.com. (Our staff speak Swedish, English and Swedish sign language.)
Are your activities accessible for those with a hearing impairment?
We are constantly striving to make all our activities accessible to hard of hearing young people. Help us make the adaptations you need by specifying the type of support you require when registering for an activity.
I became a member last year and was notified that I need to renew my membership. What is this all about?
Our memberships are designed to be free of charge, but you need to renew your membership each year. It is simple to do so. If you received a reminder to renew your membership from us, simply click on the link and follow the instructions given on the renew membership page.
Can I make a donation to Unga Hörselskadade?
If you would like to support the work we do, you can make a donation to Unga Hörselskadade. Read more about making a donation on our Support Us (Stöd oss) page.