XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf
Abstr. due: 15.06.2018
Dates: 23.07.18 — 29.07.18
Area Of Sciences: Medicine;
Organizing comittee e-mail: [email protected]
Organizers: World Federation of the Deaf
At the last General Assembly of the World Federation of the Deaf, country members determined that the Fédération Nationale des Sourds de France will have the privilege of hosting the XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in Paris, France with a five day program to be held from 23 - 27 July, 2019.
The World Federation of the Deaf was established in Rome, Italy on 23 September 1951 and is an international non-governmental organization representing and promoting approximately 70 million deaf people's human rights worldwide. The World Federation of the Deaf is a federation of deaf organisations from 134 nations; its mission is to promote the human rights of deaf people and full, quality and equal access to all spheres of life, including self-determination, sign language, education, employment and community life. The World Federation of the Deaf has consultative status in the United Nations and is a founding member of International Disability Alliance.
The Congress theme, "Sign Language Rights for All" as the overarching theme of the XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf highlights that full enjoyment of linguistic rights is vital in facilitating the full inclusion of the Deaf Community within society.
This theme is a threefold call:
- Sign Language Rights for All as a principle needs to not only be recognised in international treaties and plans of action but also translated into action. Currently this means within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by more than 170 countries; and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has as its cornerstone 'leave no one behind'.
- Sign Language Rights for All complements the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages (2019) with the opportunity to demonstrate that all sign languages should be accorded the same status as spoken languages.
- Sign Language Rights for All benefits the global community in its entirety - everyone is welcome!
With up to 3,000 delegates attending the World Congress in Paris, it is expected to be the largest gathering of deaf and hard of hearing people ever held in France and Europe. The WFD Congress provides a platform to recognise the diversity of the Deaf Community globally, inclusive of children, youth, senior citizens, women, deaf people with disabilities, deafblind people, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community, CODAs, parents of deaf children, professionals working with and people who have contact with the Deaf Community.
It is important that we all work together collaboratively to achieve tangible outcomes so that the human rights of deaf people are realised.
This is a unique opportunity for sponsors wishing to showcase cutting-edge social responsibility and/or equity and diversity programs and also provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to exhibit products that enhance equality for deaf people to a wide international audience.
We look forward to welcoming you as our key sponsor to Paris for our signature World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf.
Conference Web-Site: https://www.wfdcongress2019.org/
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