16th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf


16th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf
Durban, South Africa 
International Convention Centre - Durban 

Call For Abstracts 

The Scientific Committee for the XVI World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf invites the submission of abstracts for presentations. The official languages of the Congress are English, South African Sign Language and International Sign. The Organising Committee welcomes abstracts that focus on the XVI World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf Theme "Global Deaf Renaissance" from birth to adulthood listed here.

Congress Synopsis

The synopsis of the World Congress Theme has affirmed by both the WFD Board and OCWCWFDSA on 21st April 2009, the following:-

We come together to share our cultural heritages, our improved well being, the advancement of our human rights and our rich contribution to global prosperity; to demonstrate we are an essential part of human diversity in the world and its development.

We come to learn from each other, to actively share common responsibility amongst ourselves and in the rest of the world.

We come together at this Congress to collectively face current changes and future challenges confronting Deaf communities across the globe.

We also come together in celebration of our future; to reaffirm the linguistic, cultural and political capacity of national and the worldwide Deaf community, to continue the recognition of sign languages in national laws and international policies, and to celebrate artistic, cultural, economic and social accomplishments.

The XVI World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf aims to inspire its attendees to take forward the concept of a renaissance, a rebirth of Deaf communities worldwide.

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