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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.