International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the WFD and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September each year to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held.
International Week of the Deaf is Monday 23rd September to Sunday 29th September. The theme is Sign Language Rights For All.
At the recent WFD Congress, Terry Riley OBE was presented with a First Class International Solidarity Merit Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution in his advocacy work on human rights for deaf people at the international level.
The 2019 WFD General Assembly was attended by representatives from 87 countries – making it the largest attended WFD General Assembly to date!
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was established in Rome, Italy, in 1951, and is an international non-profit and non- governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million deaf people’s human rights worldwide.
The British Deaf Association (NI) in partnership with the Ulster Society at Jordanstown School are hosting an ‘Evening of Remembrance and Celebration’ on Friday 28th September from 6pm – 9pm and your presence would be most welcome and greatly appreciated.