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...]


A global survey conducted as part of a live event speech-to-text/captioning project of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) and the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is now launched. We kindly ask persons who use captioning to fill in this survey and contribute to the enhancement of our understanding of the state of live event captioning from users’ perspectives and to aid in planning any next steps to advocacy and inclusion. The ultimate goal is to improve live … [Read more...]

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