CRPD Committee elections in 2016

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) is composed of 18 members and half of them will be elected in 2016. National governments can make nominations for the elections that will be held at the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP) in New York, USA, in 2016. A majority of members of the CRPD Committee are persons with disabilities but so far there has been no deaf member. The WFD would like to see deaf experts as members of the CRPD Committee. The … [Read more...]

Deaf education


What does a sign language learning environment mean? How should education system meet the needs of deaf students? Side-event during the 13th Session of the CRPD Committee Wednesday, 8 April, 2015 1:45-2:45 PM Ground floor conference room, Palais Wilson Moderator: Eeva Tupi, Human Rights Officer, World Federation of the Deaf Panelists: Tomas Guzman, President of Asociación Nacional de Sordos de la República Dominicana Enkhbaatar Ajirshavgaan, President of the Mongolian Association of … [Read more...]

WFD and WASLI Statement Communication during Natural Disasters and other Mass Emergencies for deaf people who use signed language.


The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) promote the rights of deaf people to participate in society, government and other areas of life as equal citizens. These rights can be tremendously impacted during times of natural disasters and/or mass emergencies, if deaf people do not have access to full and accessible communication. Natural disasters and other mass emergencies affect large numbers of individuals. Such events can … [Read more...]