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World Federation of the Deaf

WFD is the international non-governmental organisation representing Deaf people worldwide. A non-profit organisation, WFD works for human rights and equal opportunity for Deaf people everywhere. WFD promotes the right of Deaf people to use sign language to access education, information and all other spheres of life. In this way will Deaf people achieve equality and human rights.

European Union of the Deaf

The European Union of the Deaf is a European non-profit making organisation whose membership comprises National Associations of Deaf people in each of the EU member states. Established in 1985, EUD is the only organisation representing the interests of Deaf Europeans at European Union level. EUD aims to establish and maintain EU level dialogue with the "hearing world" in consultation and co-operation with its member National Deaf Associations.

Deaf People in Developing Nations

Information about world volunteer organizations and the status of deaf people in developing countries

World Deaf Directory

International Deaf email directory

Dovenwereld (Deaf World)

Worldwide resources about deaf-blind, deaf sports, homepages, deaf clubs, etc. More than 3080 links

International Sign Language (Gestuno)

International Sign Language (Gestuno) is a constructed sign language, which the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf originally discussed in 1951.

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  • Icelandic Deaf Organization
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New Zealand
  • Deaf Association of New Zealand
    Deaf Association of New Zealand Incorporated was formed in November 1977 and started providing services when it opened its first office in Auckland in 1980. Now there are eleven offices nationwide and one outreach service. The Association is unique in the fact that its governing body is ruled by elected Deaf members of the Deaf community. It is also the only nationwide provider of services to Deaf people.
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United States
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), established in 1880, is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications.
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
  • The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is an international membership organization and resource center on hearing loss and spoken language approaches and related issues.
  • National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • It is the mission of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., to provide international, national, regional, state, and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the professions of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.
  • Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
  • The Clerc Center has been mandated by Congress to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative curricula, instructional techniques and strategies, and materials. The aim of the Clerc Center is to improve the quality of education for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth from birth through age 21.
  • Council on Education of the Deaf
  • Since its inception in 1930, CED has been recognized for maintaining high standards for persons working with deaf and hard of hearing students in the education process. CED is involved in establishing standards and providing teacher certification and evaluating university professional preparation programs based on clearly defined standards and criteria.
  • American Society for Deaf Children
  • ASDC is a national organization of families and professionals committed to education, empowering, and supporting parents and families to create opportunities for their children who are deaf and hard of hearing in gaining meaningful and full communication access, particularly throught the competent use of sign language, in their homes, schools, and communities.
  • American Sign Language Teachers Association
  • The American Sign Language Teachers Association - ASLTA - is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of ASL and Deaf Studies at all levels of instruction. ASLTA is an individual membership organization of more than 1,000 ASL and Deaf Studies educators from elementary through graduate education as well as agencies.
  • National Theatre of the Deaf
  • Through its thirty-four year history, The National Theatre of the Deaf stands as testimony to the artistry and capability of its Actors. There have been 64 national tours, performances in all 50 states, all the continents, 31 international tours and over 8,000 performances earning NTD its place in theatrical history as the oldest continually-producing touring theatre company in the United States.
  • The Rhythm Channel Foundation for Deaf Musicians, Inc.
  • The Rhythm Channel Foundation for Deaf Musicians, Inc. (RCFDM) has recognized that the hearing impaired are in need of a pro-active effort to keep music alive and in-tune with how the deaf "hear" music. RCFDM is taking a stand within the music industry to encourage labels to return to the printing of lyrics in artist releases and encouraging music video producers and networks to include closed captioning as a supplemental tool for the hearing impaired to have their music world enhanced to the greatest degree for enjoyment.
  • Deafness Special Interest Groups
  • Resources about Deaf special interest groups - women, gay, lesbian, black, asian, latino, hispanic, native american, hard of hearing, & CODAs
  • Health Care Organizations for the Deaf
  • Issues about general health care topics, mental health, and chemical dependency