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  Deaf History, Europe

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1951: World Federation of the Deaf established in Rome

1951: World Federation of the Deaf established in Rome

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was established in 1951 during the first World Congress in Rome, Italy. The WFD is an international non-governmental organisation in official liaison with ECOSOC, UNESCO, ILO, WHO and the Council of Europe.

The WFD today continues to be an ever-expanding umbrella organisation providing a wide range of support and advocacy services for 134 national associations of the deaf. The mission of the WFD is to promote the Human Rights of Deaf people and full, quality and equal access to all spheres of life, including self-determination, sign language, education, employment and community life. 

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