Terra would like to let everyone know more about the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place recently in Turkey. It was held in Istanbul during the summer and everybody received a warm welcome there.
So why were they having this event? Well, lots of Deaf people like to express themselves, especially concerning information about their business ideas, and to network generally. This event gave Deaf people many opportunities to gather information, to participate and to discuss and share ideas.
Everybody remembers the aim for WFD from 2011 to 2015: that ‘Deaf people have full human rights in an equal world where they and their sign languages are recognised and included as part of human diversity’. This aim was continued during this congress underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – which recognises, internationally, the cultural and linguistic identity of Deaf people and promotes sign language.
This year’s WFD congress theme was Strengthening Human Diversity and it proved to be a very powerful theme, and was both inspiring and challenging for all.
There were lots of different ways people in the Deaf community expressed themselves at the congress. There were Deaf people from Europe and from all over the world exhibiting information: Gallaudet University, Deaf Federation of South Africa, Deaf Bible Society and many more! Some people exhibited information about their company or organisation and included pictures, videos, and advertising.
There were many presentations each taking place in one of 4 halls. Topics were diverse including Deaf Education, Accessibility and Technology, Commission on Human Rights, Commission on Sign Language and Deaf Culture, Commission on Developing Countries, Commission on Health, Interpreting, Youth, Deafblind, Subtitling, Deaf Empowerment, Senior Citizens and more!
The speakers gave their presentations in international sign language which was then relayed via interpreters into various sign languages. Participants paid for their own interpreters.
Here, Sabina Iqbal, who works in the UK, is sharing with WFD participants her information about Deaf Parenting UK – whose aims are Inspiring, Empowering, Deaf without Limit.
In the closing ceremony Deaf people from all over the world came to see Colin Allen, the WFD President close the event and watch dramas showing Turkish Deaf culture.
Deaf international dinner – held at the close of the congress
After the dinner the WFD President thanked all participants for their support. It was announced that the next WFD Congress will take place in France in four years’ time.
After the congress ended there was time for people to relax and enjoy tours around Istanbul.
These ancient palaces are where Turkish rulers lived centuries ago.
Here are some of the places Deaf people visited by boat.
Sultanahemt Mosque (known as the blue Mosque)
We learned about the mosque’s interesting history
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Boris Sandler, from Israel, organised the Cyprus Deaf International party to Ayia Napayia. A great success with everyone enjoying various sports activities, cliff climbing and travelling around Cyprus visiting Cape Greko, Portaras, Nissi Beach, Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos and Coral Bay. The amazing experience also included visiting various night clubs, boat tours, boat parties and beautiful sea life from the submarine Nemo.
Every day the weather in Cyprus was very sunny and hot with an average temperature of 33-35 degrees and the really brilliant news is - there were no mosquitos! We really enjoyed our great Cypriot island.
Issues we learned about about travelling in Cyprus are that the island is divided into two parts North and South, and so it is advisable to purchase inbound and outbound flights for the same location. For example, some deaf who arrived at Ercan Airport in North Cyprus but attempted to leave from Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus had some issues which, apparently, were illegal.
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