Our Work

70 million deaf people. 200+ sign languages.
Unlimited potential.

The World Federation of the Deaf is a global organisation working to ensure equal rights for 70 million deaf people around the globe.


By promoting human rights and access to sign language, the WFD is improving the lives of millions of deaf people who face inequality everyday. We collaborate with deaf leaders and policymakers to implement human rights mechanisms such as the CRPD and 2030 Agenda. The WFD also takes direct action by providing human rights training and representing deaf people’s interests on a global scale.

What We Do

Advancing human rights and sign languages worldwide.

Guided by our Action Plan and the CRPD, the WFD uses a variety of approaches to further the equality of deaf people throughout the world.

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Why We Do It

With equal rights and opportunities, deaf people succeed.

We’re dedicated to our work because we believe everyone is entitled to their human rights, but most of the time, deaf people are not. We value deaf people, sign languages, and the diversity they bring to our world. And above all, the WFD recognises that incredible potential to contribute to society when given bilingual education and sign language rights.