The World Federation of the Deaf have five (5) different award categories. It is important for the country members, in which we have 135 Ordinary Members and as well as Individual Members to know about the awards.
As stated above of the five (5) different award categories as follows:
- Vittorio IIeralla Memorial Award – awarded to National Deaf Association (Ordinary Member) of the World Federation of the Deaf that has made outstanding contribution to their national Deaf Community or international Deaf Community.
- Grand Cross Award – awarded to any Ordinary Member or deaf individual/s that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights at the international level, in line with the WFD Vision and Mission. It is usual that only one Award be granted.
- International Solidarity Merit Award (First Class) – awarded to an individual or organisation in recognition of their extraordinary dedication to the support of the international Deaf Community or deaf people at the international level. Usually more than one award is granted from this category.
- International Solidarity Merit Award (Second Class) – awarded to an individual or organisation to recognise their extraordinary dedication to the support of the National Deaf Community or deaf people at the national level. Usually more than one award is granted from this category.
- Dr Liisa Kauppinen Human Rights Award – to be granted to one deaf individual. A candidate will be recognised for their dedication, advocacy, leadership and contribution to the international Deaf Community.
Nominations for the WFD Awards (Vittorio IIeralla, Grand Cross Award, International Solidarity Merit Award and International Solidarity Merit Award) must be submitted on the WFD’s official Nomination Form, however for Dr Liisa Kauppinen Award, there is a separate form in the WFD Award Guidelines. Before submitting the form, it is important for you to know that the fee for the award is to be paid to the WFD.
Your country member association should have received the WFD Awards guidelines that was sent from the WFD Secretariat in July 2018. If you need to know about the awards, please contact your country member association. It is possible also for you to contact to the WFD Secretariat to ask for more information about the awards.
It is important to follow the deadline for submitting the nomination form. The WFD has their Awards Panel for reviewing the nominations.
These WFD Awards is very important for the international Deaf Community and for everyone to recognise in what the individual or organisation has done so much for the Deaf Community. WFD respects an individual’s work, such as volunteering their time, dedicated to support the work for the Deaf Community and to improve the human rights of Deaf people.