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The 2019 XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), held in Paris, France, July 23 to 27, was of great significance not only to the 2,536 participants from 137 countries who attended, but in strengthening Gallaudet University’s relationship with the WFD.
The most conclusive result was the signing of a cooperative agreement between the two influential bodies that expresses a shared commitment to the advancement of Deaf people globally. The agreement, which was signed by Gallaudet President Roberta Cordano and outgoing and incoming WFD presidents Colin Allen and Dr. Joseph Murray, respectively, the latter a professor in Gallaudet’s ASL and Deaf Studies Program, Gallaudet, will connect the international government visitors it receives to WFD member associations, and WFD will offer learning opportunities to Gallaudet students. The University and WFD will also partner to promote matters of mutual importance for Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind people, such as a bilingual lifelong education, support for national sign languages, and the right to economic opportunity.
Cordano made history by being the first Gallaudet president to give the keynote presentation at the World Congress’ Opening Ceremony in International Sign. The Congress also proved to be an opportune venue for Gallaudet to host workshops with African delegates about the Gallaudet in Nigeria-Africa (GAIN) project that will bring opportunities for education and job training to Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind Nigerians and others, meet with organizations who seek partnership opportunities with Gallaudet, and share general information about the University. In addition, a number of timely topics that are of interest to the global Deaf community were addressed by experts from the Gallaudet community in presentations and poster sessions:
Additional support was provided by , chief of staff, and , special assistant, Office of the President; , GAIN project officer; and , lecturer and co-advisor, International Studies Program.
Incoming WFD President Joseph Murray greets the crowd.
Heather Harker, chief of staff in Gallaudet’s Office of the President, shares information about the University with a WFD Congress attendee.
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