XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf
2019 Theme: Sign Language Rights for All
- The overarching theme of the XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) highlights that full enjoyment of linguistic rights is vital in facilitating the full inclusion of the Deaf Community within society.
- This conference 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.
- It will underlie the WFD Congress programme which will explore various aspects of life including but not limited to education, employment, health, technology, business and issues of specific relevance to the Global South.
- It 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.