The General Assembly (GA) is a meeting of the World Federation of the Deaf, where delegates, selected by Ordinary Members (national associations of the deaf), are entitled to vote. Each OM whose membership fees are fully paid and current is allowed up to two (2) Deaf delegates, preferably one male and one female, at meetings of the General Assembly.
Ordinary meetings of the GA shall be held during any month from June to August every four (4) years. Such meetings shall be called in writing by the President and Board of World Federation of the Deaf at least twelve (12) months in advance. Their call shall be accompanied by a proposed Agenda. Proposals for inclusion in the Agenda must be received at least eight (8) months in advance. The final agenda with attached reports and other materials shall be sent to all OMs at least three (3) months in advance.
International Sign is used as a meeting language within the GA. All delegates must assume responsibility for acquiring a working knowledge of this method of communication.
Prior to the General Assembly, a one day workshop is always held, so the participants can be prepared in advance for discussions on agenda items and other important issues related to human rights work.