"Working closely together we can make a difference!"


The human rights of deaf people are strengthened through innovative and global multilevel cooperation.


The World Federation of the Deaf is committed to advocating for the human rights of deaf people in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights instruments through its liaison work with the United Nations, national organizations of deaf people, and other relevant stakeholders.


Three strategic goals are necessary to realize the vision and mission of the WFD:


Achieving full accessibility to information and communication in sign languages and visual services: 

We must focus on access to information and communication in sign languages and other visual services for the built environment, transportation, media, emergency services, and other related matters in all aspects of life. We must do this in conformity with the principles and objectives of the UN international human rights instruments, including the CRPD, SDG, 2030 Agenda, CEDAW, and CRC. 

We must work hard to improve the awareness of politicians, officials, and decision-makers to our needs to attain full accessibility. We must be a visible and strong advocacy organization that includes all of our members, especially those who have been marginalized: seniors, women, youth, deaf-blind, and others.


Empowering the human rights of deaf people by informing, consulting, involving and collaborating with WFD member organizations:

We must empower members in an innovative way to make them stronger, more motivated and effective organizations. We must do this by:

a.     Providing appropriate training related to the members’ needs (e.g.: empowerment and skills building, lobbying and networking, fundraising, instruction in human rights related topics and the latest developments in ICT) to strengthen their leadership in ways that matters to them.

b.     Building a social platform to closely consult and share information, experiences and best practices among its members in friendly and accessible ways. 

c.     Establishing effective, accessible and transparent working relationships among the WFD team, its members and external collaborators. 


Modernizing and strengthening the sustainability of WFD:

Most importantly, the organization must become stronger and more professional. The key elements for this development work are sustainable human and financial resources along with flexible organizational structures.

a.     Providing tailored training to satisfy both organizational and individual needs (e.g.: empowerment, skill-building, lobbying and networking, digital skills including A.I. and human rights).

b.     Working to raise funds for the WFD, and WFD’s regional and national development projects/activities.

c.     Developing and disseminating information in a friendly/accessible language using effective communication methods.

d.     Ensuring effective consultation and involvement of deaf people through their representative organizations in all decision-making processes concerning issues relating to deaf people in the mainstream and in disability-specific sectors.

e.     Committing ourselves to work closely and to cooperate democratically with our members, partners, the disability movement, UN bodies, and government agencies.  Through this commitment we will make the WFD and its advocacy network stronger in working toward the full realization of human rights of deaf people.


Respect (to recognize, accept and promote diversity)

Unity (to unite in diversity, to work together and support each other)

Commitment to human rights (to understand our rights and to speak out about our needs and concerns, to rapidly address the issues to be discussed and solve them step by step)

Innovation (to have skills, flexibility, and perseverance; to be creative in solving each problem from new perspectives, with new ideas; to be simple, clear and understandable)

Passion (to be motivated, committed, positive, and happy)