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Federation of the Deaf:
In America there is an organization known as the
"National Association of the Deaf (NAD)." It is a nationwide
organization that provides a wonderful resource for Deaf and Hearing
people throughout America.
Many other countries also have national associations of the Deaf.
All total there are associations serving over a hundred different
countries. Wouldn't it be great if there were a way for all of
these national associations to work together for the good of Deaf people
everywhere in the world?
According to their website, "The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was
established in 1951 as an international organization for "deaf
associations." The WFD promotes equality, human rights and respect
for all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender,
sexual preference, age and all other differences. WFD supports and
promotes in its work the many United Nations conventions on human
rights, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language, and their
friends and family. WFD works with the aim of solidarity and unity to
make the world a better place."
Currently the national associations of 127 countries are members of the
Federation. There are numerous individual members as well. The WFD
is based in Helsinki Finland and provides expert advice on Deaf issues
to many international organisations, professional groups, and even the
For more information, visit their website at: http://www.wfdeaf.org/
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