WFD Conference organisers proudly present: International Keynote Presenter Victoria Manning

International Keynote Presenter Victoria Manning

Victoria Manning grew up with an older deaf brother in an academic-focused family. She gained a bachelor’s degree in Wellington, New Zealand followed by a Masters in Mental Health Counselling at Gallaudet University, in 1996. Returning home, Victoria provided New Zealand’s first Deaf mental health services. She was also one of two individuals who took a human rights case against the largest telecommunications company and succeeding in establishing a telephone relay service for New Zealand.

Victoria was employed at the Government’s Office for Disability Issues when the Government directed the drafting of a Bill to give official recognition to New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Victoria was a key advisor on the NZSL Bill for four years (2003 – 2006) from its initial development and throughout its progress through Parliament.

While working at the Human Rights Commission Victoria led the Commission’s Inquiry into NZSL. The resulting report “A New Era in the Right to Sign” (2013) included recommendations for government funding to support early acquisition of NZSL and a governing body to oversee the promotion and maintenance of NZSL, both of which have now been implemented.

Having worked in disability policy for many years, Victoria authored the Disabled Persons Organisations’ (DPOs) civil society report on New Zealand’s progress on the implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). A highlight of her career was being chosen by the DPOs to represent disabled New Zealanders at the United Nations in Geneva, in September 2014, for New Zealand’s first examination of its progress under the CRPD.

Victoria was awarded a Queen’s medal in 2015 for services to the Deaf and disabled communities.

Victoria is now the General Manager–Strategy at Deaf Aotearoa. She is also the inaugural chairperson of the NZSL Board which advises government on the promotion and maintenance of NZSL.

To join Victoria and other top presenters in Hungary at the Conference, register at an early bird price via In addition to registration at the Conference to attend the scientific program you can also book your hotel, and buy tickets to social events such as the Gala night with the world famous John Maucere and the fabulous The Maloes Show just by filling in the same form.

John Maucere

The Maloes








Gala Dinner at Castle Garden Bazaar

Castle Garden Bazaar, Budapest, Hungary

Friday, 10 November 2017, 19.00-24.00

Tickets are available for 75 EUR/person.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to meet, chat, dine and wine with friends at the Gala Dinner of the WFD Budapest Conference. The Friday night fever will be held at the beautiful Castle Garden Bazaar where the cultic club of the city, the fromer Buda Juvenile Park operated.

The organizers proudly announce that the world famous John Maucere and the fabulous The Maloes Show accepted their invitations and will entertain the high interest WFD Society.

Tasty buffet dinner, quality Hungarian wines, bus transportation, unforgettable memories and fun guaranteed are included in the good price. Make sure to register in time and secure your place!