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...]

IWD 2016 will take place under the theme With Sign Language, I am Equal´ from 19 to 25 September.

First launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy, IWD takes place annually on the last week of September. A truly global event, IWD is the only week in a year that sees highly concerned global advocacy to raise awareness about the Deaf Community on different levels. This year we gather once again to commemorate the 10th Year Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and acknowledge the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda of the new Sustainable … [Read more...]

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...]