Announcement - XVIII World Congress of the World federation of the Deaf - Paris, July 2019

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The World Congress, under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, will take place in Paris from 23 to 27 July 2019 and is expected to attract over 3 000 participants. The WFD expects it to be the largest gathering of deaf and hard hearing people ever held in Europe!

The World Congress will provide a platform to recognize the diversity of the Deaf Community globally. The Congress theme "Sign Language Rights for All" highlights that full enjoyment of linguistic rights is vital in facilitating the full inclusion of the Deaf Community within society.

To this aim, the congress sessions will cover the following main topics:

  1. Sign Language & Deaf Studies
  2. Deaf Education
  3. International Cooperation & Development
  4. Technology & Accessibility
  5. Health
  6. Employment

Visit the WFD website for more information, for invitation messages by Mr. Colin Allen, WFD President and Ms. Ronit Leven, Congress President, or to register to the newsletter.