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World Federation of the Deaf

In America there is an organization known as the "National Association of the Deaf (NAD)." It is a nationwide organization that provides a wonderful resource for Deaf and Hearing people throughout America. 
Many other countries also have national associations of the Deaf.  All total there are associations serving over a hundred different countries.  Wouldn't it be great if there were a way for all of these national associations to work together for the good of Deaf people everywhere in the world?

According to their website, "The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was established in 1951 as an international organization for "deaf associations."  The WFD promotes equality, human rights and respect for all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual preference, age and all other differences. WFD supports and promotes in its work the many United Nations conventions on human rights, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language, and their friends and family. WFD works with the aim of solidarity and unity to make the world a better place."

Currently the national associations of 127 countries are members of the Federation. There are numerous individual members as well.  The WFD is based in Helsinki Finland and provides expert advice on Deaf issues to many international organisations, professional groups, and even the United Nations.

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