WFD Position Paper on the Language Rights of Deaf Children

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the human rights of deaf people worldwide. An important part of our work is the promotion of the rights of deaf people, including deaf-blind people and deaf people with disabilities, to an education in their native indigenous sign language(s). The need for natural language acquisition in sign language is crucial for all deaf people. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with … [Read more...]

WFD-WASLI International Sign Interpreter Accreditation – Call for Application 2016

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) are pleased to invite practitioners to apply for the WFD-WASLI International Sign Interpreter Accreditation. The Accreditation exists to meet the increasing demand of International Sign Interpretation in the international arena. It aims to fulfil the following: Set, maintain and promote standards in International Sign Interpretation Promote a quality-assurance system for credentialing … [Read more...]

WFD issued a Statement at the Opening of the 16th session of the CRPD Committee

The WFD was one of the organisations issuing a statement at the Opening of the 16th session of the CRPD Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, on 15 August 2016. In this statement, delivered by the WFD Human Rights Officer Kasper Bergmann, the WFD pointed out again the need for deaf children to be educated in sign language. The WFD said that research evidence shows deaf children learn best in bilingual environments with other deaf learners - where the primary language of instruction is sign … [Read more...]