The Nordic Council for the Deaf was founded in 1907.
It is a non-partisan and non-religious association with the task of working to raise awareness of the linguistic and cultural interests of the deaf in the Nordic countries.
A main issue for the council is to work for the equality and participation of Nordic deaf people in society. Participation and equality are only realized when sign language has a strong position in society, it is said. The various national sign languages, which have been used for hundreds of years in the region, are an irreplaceable part of Nordic linguistic diversity.