Launched at the 1999 World's Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, the color blue in the ribbon is based on the WFD's official colors.
- The ribbon is a symbol of deaf people’s on-going struggles against oppression and centuries of attempts to abolish sign languages.
- The blue ribbon also symbolises the persistence of deaf people in the face of oppression and growth of deaf communities around the world.
- The ribbon stands as a symbol of ongoing resistance by deaf people and our allies against attempts to eradicate sign languages.
- The ribbon is also a celebration of our creation of spaces for sign languages and the many unique and diverse signing communities around the world today.
For more information on the Blue Ribbon, see Paddy Ladd (2003) Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood, pp. 469-471.