The 17th Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 28 July – 1 August 2015.
The WFD was established in 1951. It is an international organisation which is not linked to any government. The WFD represents about 70 million deaf people across the world. There are 11 deaf WFD Board members. The WFD supports and promotes the United Nations conventions on human rights, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language and their friends and family.
The WFD aims to:
- Improve the status of national sign languages
- Improve education for Deaf people
- Improve access to information and services
- Improve human rights for Deaf people in developing countries
- Promote equal opportunities for Deaf people in all spheres of life
- Promote the establishment of Deaf organisations where none currently exist
The 17th WFD Congress is taking place from 28 July to 1 August 2015. Thousands of people are expected to attend. The theme of the Congress is “Strengthening Human Diversity”. It aims to promote deaf people as a part of global human diversity and to strengthen human diversity in the global deaf community.
The event will include lectures, workshops, panel discussions, meetings, presentations and entertainment. Many deaf people from around the world will be going including, children, youths, adults, senior citizens, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual (LGBTs), children of deaf adults (CODAs), deafblind and deaf people with disabilities. They will be going to empower themselves, to learn new things, to meet with experts for new ideas and to exchange international opportunities with old and new friends.