Spread the Word
For deaf people all over the world, the use of and access to sign language is vital.
With sign language, deaf people can succeed in all areas of life, including education,
employment, and in the personal, public, and political spheres.
Join the #IWD2016 movement.
Advocate for deaf people’s right to sign language and equality.
A Message from WFD
International Week of the Deaf 2016 marks the 65th anniversary of the WFD, the 10th year of the adoption of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda. Help us continue this important work by becoming an effective advocate and creating meaningful change to improve the human rights of deaf people. Check out our ‘Know and Achieve Your Human Rights Toolkit’ to learn more about advocating for human rights.
What is International Week of the Deaf 2016 about? What is its goal? How can you support us? WFD President Colin Allen answers all these questions and more in this introduction video to the International Week of the Deaf 2016 campaign.
Your contribution will go towards the WFD general fund and strengthen the capacity of the WFD Secretariat to reach our action plan goals.
Sign language impacts the lives of deaf people in many different areas. Here are some of the most important reasons why deaf people are truly equal with sign language:
International Week of the Deaf is a unified international movement.
We need your support to spread our message to all corners of the world.
Any action, small or big, will have an impact.
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There are many ways for you and your organisation to get involved with International Week of the Deaf 2016.
We have listed some ideas below:
Unify your local organization with #IWD2016 material
Become a Member
Together we can make
Make a pledge, host an event, start a crowdfunding challenge
About International Week of the Deaf
International Week of the Deaf is the only week in a year that sees highly concerted global advocacy to raise awareness about the deaf community on different levels. It is about gathering together, becoming united, and showing that unity to the rest of the world.
International Week of the Deaf promotes the human rights of deaf people and highlight issues that are significant to the deaf community.
International Week of the Deaf aims to call for unity from the rest of the world through consistent, coordinated, and widespread mobilization to ensure that campaigns are visible through sufficient media coverage.
The World Federation of the Deaf was established in Rome, Italy, in 1951, and is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization representing approximately 70 million deaf people’s human rights worldwide. The WFD is a federation of 132 national associations of deaf people. Its membership also comprises of Individual Members, Associate Members, and International Members. It also has eight Regional Secretariats, one Regional Co-operating Member, and a Youth Section (WFDYS). The WFD has a consultative status in the UN system, including the ECOSOC; the UNESCO; the ILO; and the WHO, and co-operates closely with the UN OHCHR. The WFD is a founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA).