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Deaf International

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is UK 's Ordinary Member (OM) of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

The WFD is an international non-governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of these 72 million live in developing countries, where authorities are rarely familiar with their needs or desires.

Recognised by the United Nations (UN) as their spokes-organisation, WFD works closely with the UN and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the UN and its specialised agencies.

When necessary, WFD uses special, legal or administrative measures to ensure that Deaf people in every country have the right to preserve their own sign languages, organisations, and cultural and other activities. Most important among WFD priorities are Deaf people in developing countries; the right to sign language; and equal opportunity in all spheres of life, including access to education and information.

Colin Allen - President (WFD) Presentation on the work of the WFD at St John's Deaf Community Centre, London on 2nd May 2014


Latest News WFD

March 2015: WFD has submitted the Moscow Conference Resolution to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Commission for Social Development (CSocD) for their consideration and position and/or action.

The Moscow Conference Resolution was issued at the 2nd International Conference ‘Linguistic Rights of the Deaf’ convened in Moscow, Russian Federation from 20 to 22 May 2014.

The conference was organised by the All-Russian Society of the Deaf (VOG), with support of the Russian Federation Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), and in collaboration with Office of the Senior Adviser on Human Rights in the United Nations System in Russia, United Nations Information Centre in Moscow, and Programme Office of the European Council in Russia.

Download a PDF copy of WFD Moscow Conference Resolution here.

The resolution is available in International Sign, Russian Sign Language and English Text – click here.  

April 2015: WFD Newsletter - April issue - download a PDF copy here.

February 2015: WFD Newsletter - February issue - download a PDF copy here.

November 2014: WFD Newsletter - November issue - download a PDF copy here.

October 2014: The 2015 WFD Congress Abstract submission deadline has been extended to 31st October. See link for further information.

July 2014: Email Newsletter - click here to see a copy.

June 2014: WFD Representative Office in Pyongyang, North Korea announces the 6th Good Fellowship - International Deaf Meeting which will take place from 8-12 August 2014. See link for further information

March 2014: News from the WFD - 11th session of the CRPD Committee, click here.

July 2013WFD President elected as Second Vice Chair of the International Disability Alliance Board, click here.


European Union of the Deaf (EUD)

The British Deaf Association is UK's Ordinary Member (OM) of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD).

EUD is based in Brussels, Belgium. EUD is a not-profit European non-Governmental organisation (ENGO) comprising National Associations of the Deaf (NADs). It is the only supranational organisation representig Deaf people at European level and is one of the few ENGOs representing associations in all 27 EU Member States, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Aiming to establish and maintain EU level dialogue with the European Union institutions and officials in consultation and co-operation with its member NADs, it also has participatory status with the Council of Europe (CoE). EUD is a full member of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and is a Regional Co-operating Member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) to tackle issues of global importance. It is supported by the Equality Unit within the Directorate General Justice at the European Commission.

It is EUD's aim to achieve equality in public and private life for Deaf people all over Europe to ensure they can become full citizens. Its main objectives are the recognition of the right to use an indigenous sign language, empowerment through communication and information, and equality in education and employment.

Latest News EUD - Please visit EUD website and Facebook for updates and news.