Egyptians with physical or mental disabilities are often ostracized in society due to cultural stigma and a lack of understanding. Disabled Egyptians are often excluded from the education system and overlooked by employers.
The Vocational Training Centre aims to provide technical skills to deaf adults, so that they can find employment and support themselves and their families. The centre opened in 1998 on the grounds of the Deaf Unit in Old Cairo. In January 2013 the centre moved to a new building in 6th of October City, in the outskirts of Cairo.
Currently, the centre has production and training workshops for metalwork, woodwork and sewing. The aim of the new centre is that it will also provide vocational training courses and job coaching to empower deaf adults to find employment.