European Union of the Deaf (EUD)

The British Deaf Association is UK's Ordinary Member (OM) of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD).

EUD is based in Brussels, Belgium. EUD is a not-profit European non-Governmental organisation (ENGO) comprising National Associations of the Deaf (NADs). It is the only supranational organisation representig Deaf people at European level and is one of the few ENGOs representing associations in all 27 EU Member States, including Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Aiming to establish and maintain EU level dialogue with the European Union institutions and officials in consultation and co-operation with its member NADs, it also has participatory status with the Council of Europe (CoE). EUD is a full member of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and is a Regional Co-operating Member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) to tackle issues of global importance. It is supported by the Equality Unit within the Directorate General Justice at the European Commission.

It is EUD's aim to achieve equality in public and private life for Deaf people all over Europe to ensure they can become full citizens. Its main objectives are the recognition of the right to use an indigenous sign language, empowerment through communication and information, and equality in education and employment.

Latest News EUD - Please visit EUD website and Facebook for updates and news.



World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)

The British Deaf Association (BDA) is UK 's Ordinary Member (OM) of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

The WFD is an international non-governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of these 72 million live in developing countries, where authorities are rarely familiar with their needs or desires.

Recognised by the United Nations (UN) as their spokes-organisation, WFD works closely with the UN and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the UN and its specialised agencies.

When necessary, WFD uses special, legal or administrative measures to ensure that Deaf people in every country have the right to preserve their own sign languages, organisations, and cultural and other activities. Most important among WFD priorities are Deaf people in developing countries; the right to sign language; and equal opportunity in all spheres of life, including access to education and information.

Video: Colin Allen - President (WFD) Presentation on the work of the WFD at St John's Deaf Community Centre, London on 2nd May 2014:


Latest News WFD

January 2017: WFD position paper on the language rights of deaf children - available in British Sign Language (BSL)

May 2016: 110th WFD Board Meeting held at Wellington, New Zealand - 10 - 14 May 2016. See some video updates from WFD's Facebook in International Sign.

Day 1 - 09/05/2016:

Day 2 - 10/05/2016: 

Day 3 - 11/05/2016:

March 2015: WFD has submitted the Moscow Conference Resolution to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Commission for Social Development (CSocD) for their consideration and position and/or action.

The Moscow Conference Resolution was issued at the 2nd International Conference ‘Linguistic Rights of the Deaf’ convened in Moscow, Russian Federation from 20 to 22 May 2014.

The conference was organised by the All-Russian Society of the Deaf (VOG), with support of the Russian Federation Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), and in collaboration with Office of the Senior Adviser on Human Rights in the United Nations System in Russia, United Nations Information Centre in Moscow, and Programme Office of the European Council in Russia.

Download a PDF copy of WFD Moscow Conference Resolution here.

The resolution is available in International Sign, Russian Sign Language and English Text – click here.  

April 2015: WFD Newsletter - April issue - download a PDF copy here.

February 2015: WFD Newsletter - February issue - download a PDF copy here.

November 2014: WFD Newsletter - November issue - download a PDF copy here.

October 2014: The 2015 WFD Congress Abstract submission deadline has been extended to 31st October. See link for further information.

July 2014: Email Newsletter - click here to see a copy.

June 2014: WFD Representative Office in Pyongyang, North Korea announces the 6th Good Fellowship - International Deaf Meeting which will take place from 8-12 August 2014. Download flyer for more information

March 2014: News from the WFD - 11th session of the CRPD Committee:

WFD statement delivered by Dr. Joseph Murray at the opening of the of the 11th session of the CRPD Committee, 31 March 2014, click here to see the video.

First day of the WFD attendance in the 11th session of the CRPD Committee - see video

Second day - see video

Third day - see video

Fourth day - see video

This week, the Committe has adopted a list of issues on Mexico. Next week, a list of issue will be adopted on Belgium, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, New Zeland and the Republic of Korea.

If you have any question about the CRPD Committee, please do not hesitate contacting WFD Human Rights Officer at

July 2013WFD President elected as Second Vice Chair of the International Disability Alliance Board, see released statement - download copy.