WFD Honorary President Dr Yerker Andersson passed away in Frederick, Maryland, USA on 18 July 2016

WFD Honorary President Dr Yerker Andersson passed away in Frederick, Maryland, USA on 18 July 2016. The WFD expresses its deepest condolences to his wife, Nancy Andersson, on his passing. Dr Andersson served two terms as WFD Vice President (1975-1983) and three terms as WFD President (1983-1995). Dr Andersson was the first deaf person to address at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1992. He became the First WFD Honorary President in 2011. During his time as WFD President, the WFD … [Read more...]

CRPD Committee Elections 2016: Deaf Sign Language user Valery Rukhledev elected

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is pleased for the election of a first ever deaf sign language user to the CRPD Committee. Dr Valery Rukhledev from the Russian Federation was elected during a vote held on the first day of the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties in New York, USA. Mr Rukhledev is a former WFD Board member and currently also serves as the Director of the WFD Regional Secretariat in Eastern Europe and Middle Asia (EEMARS). “These were the fifth CRPD Committee … [Read more...]

WFD Statement at the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

Good morning distinguished guests, delegates and representatives, My name is Kaisa Alanne and I am a member of the Board of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). Our organisation represents national deaf association members from 132 countries and is a member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) of which our WFD President, Colin Allen, will become next Chair from 1 July 2016. The theme of this Conference aptly, is “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with … [Read more...]