Deaf people have the right to full access to information and communications as provided for in the CRPD. This means that information and communication across all areas of life should be accessible – for example in health, education, employment, access to justice, public services, political participation or information in an emergency or natural disaster. However deaf people are often deprived of their rights to access information and communications due to poor accessibility, and lack of information in sign languages.
The WFD advocates for accessible information by:
- Lobbying for provision of International Sign in the United Nations webcasted programs and ensuring accessibility worldwide.
- Lobbying the United Nations and other stakeholders to translate written materials into International Sign
- Developing and disseminating statements, position papers, and other documents to highlight the WFD’s views about importance of accessible information