World Federation of the Deaf
- The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was establish in 1951 during the first World Congress in Rome, Italy. WFD is an international, non-governmental, central organisation comprising national associations of Deaf people. With a membership in 123 countries, WFD represents approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide.
At present in WFD work, emphasis is placed on the following areas:
-Improve the status of national sign languages
-Better education for Deaf people
-Improve access to information and services
-Improve human rights for Deaf people in developing countries
The World Federation of the Deaf holds a World Congress every four years. The next World Congress will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from July 18 to July 26, 2003. Please visit the website for additional information.