World Federation of the Deaf

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.