Get Involved / Become A Member

Building a brighter future, together.

Become a Member

Our members are an essential part of the work we do. Join us in making a lasting impact on the lives of deaf people throughout the world.

Here are the ways you can become a member of the WFD:

Any recognised or registered national organisation of the deaf, with legal status, that has an established position in its country, its majority of members are deaf persons, and its vision and aims similar to those of the WFD, may apply for Ordinary Member status. Ordinary Membership are limited to one national organisation of the deaf in each country. The WFD Board has the authority to approve exceptions for extraordinary circumstances.

  • Voting rights at the General Assembly, which is the primary decision making body of WFD.
  • Get direct support for your local advocacy (letter of supports for example)
  • Receive current information about deaf issues and events all over the world
  • Discounts on WFD events and merchandise

Any national or regional organisation that does not meet the criteria to become an Ordinary Member, or cannot become an Ordinary Member because one already exists in their country, may apply for Associate Member status. Otherwise, same criteria applies to Associate Members than to Ordinary Members.

  • Observer privilege at the WFD General Assembly, which is the primary decision making body of WFD.
  • Receive current information about deaf issues and events all over the world
  • Discounts on WFD events and merchandise

International organisations, having legal capacity and applying for International Member status, must provide evidence of their international focus, objectives, and activities, and explain how these are in line with the vision and aims of the WFD.

  • Observer privilege at the WFD General Assembly, which is the primary decision making body of WFD.
  • Receive support and collaboration opportunity with the WFD towards achievement of mutual goals, e.g, defending rights and seeking solutions.
  • Receive current information about deaf issues and events all over the world
  • Discounts on WFD events and merchandise

Individuals who wish to support the WFD, its vision and aims, can join us today.

  • Discounts on WFD events and merchandise
  • Receive current information about deaf issues and events all over the world

Being a member of the WFD is to be part of a community. Deafway are proud to be members of this thriving global network.Chirstina Eley
Deafway