As many of you will know the World Federation of the Deaf organises its
international congress every four years. Our service has been fortunate to
send delegates to many of these events throughout the world. The next WFD
congress will be held in Durban South Africa from the 18th to the 24th of
July 2011.

In his press release, the President of WFD Markku Jokinen states, “DeafSA
will host the first ever WFD General Assembly and WFD Congress to be held in
Africa continent. I am sure it will bring the biggest number of African Deaf
people, activists, professionals, interest groups to these important
meetings to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise to be used for
welfare and improving human rights of Deaf people in Africa and all over the
world. It will also be very exciting to share what we have achieved through
using the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first
international Treaty ever that recognizes sign languages and linguistic
human rights, linguistic identity and culture of Deaf people. I am sure
participants all over the world will enjoy beautiful nature and city of
Durban and South African culture with its great hospitality and friendliness
as well”

Information on the congress venue, accommodation, registration details,
commission themes, special interest groups and facts about South Africa is
available at

Prior to the congress, the WFD will organise an International Deaf Youth
Camp from the 6th -14th July 2011 in Durban.

The main objectives of the WFD camps is to give opportunity directly to Deaf
Youth to meet on an international level, share ideas, experience and grow as
individuals as well as leaders, to strive in making this world a better
place for everyone.

The camp aims:
•To train and develop organisational and leadership skills in Deaf Youth.
•To facilitate networking among Deaf Youth.
•To experience cultural exchange.
To attend a WFD Youth Camp, Deaf Participants must be between 18-30 years of
age. National Associations of the Deaf/Youth Associations can select up to
four participants (2 selected and 2 alternatives). Further information is
available from

The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters will also hold its
international conference in Durban from the 14-16 July 2011. The organisers
hope it will be three days of learning, sharing, networking, renewing old
friendships and making new ones, and having fun – all taking place a few
metres from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

WASLI issued a call for proposals for papers and posters to be presented at
the conference. Thematic areas include (but are not limited to):

•Deaf peoples’ experience with interpreters and interpreter education and
•Local ways of promoting education, certification, consumer knowledge and
•How we teach and here is what we do in our areas
•Innovative and new ideas, work in progress
•Developing the field of interpreting worldwide
•Collaborative work
•Development of interpreting, research, and practices for interpreting and
•Emerging practices and research
•Deaf and hearing team interpreters
•Deaf Interpreters and researchers

Durban is the political capital of KwaZulu-Natal, a province which
encompasses South Africa’s history, its dramatic landscapes and some of its
best wildlife parks. The organizers hope you can make the time to go beyond
Durban and enjoy more of KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information, go to

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399