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International Deaf OrganizationsRegional Deaf OrganizationsInternational Disability OrganizationsInternational Organizations Working in Developing Countries
These international-level organizations work on behalf of deaf, deaf-blind, late-deafened, and hard of hearing people globally. Some international organizations strive to serve all nations when resources permit. Other international organizations specialize in a specified list of countries or regions. Consult the website for the organization that interests you, or communicate with them directly, to learn whether your country is included in its mission.
Deaf Child Worldwide15 Dufferin StreetLondon EC1Y 8URUnited KingdomPhone: +44 (0)20 7549 0454Minicom: +44 (0)20 7490 8656Fax: +44 (0)20 7251 email@example.com://www.deafchildworldwide.info/Description: Deaf Child Worldwide works to defend the rights of deaf children, strengthen local organizations, and improve government services globally. Consult its web site for case studies of projects working with deaf children; its resource library of articles on deaf children; and a listing of future deaf-related events.[info confirmed w/ website]
Deafblind International (DbI)PO Box 143Burswood, WA 6100AustraliaTel: +61 8 9473 5400TTY: +64 8 9473 5488Fax: +61 8 9473 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.deafblindinternational.orgDescription: DbI brings together professionals, researchers, families, deafblind people and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness. Central to our work is to support the development of services to enable a good quality of life for deafblind children and adults of all ages.[info confirmed w/ website]
GPOD: Global Coalition of Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of HearingVia F.lli Matteini 36Istia (GR) 58100ItalyPhone: (39) email@example.com://www.gpodhh.orgDescription: GPOD is an international collaboration of parent groups dedicated to promoting improved systemic protocols and practices which encourage informed choice and the empowerment of families with children who are deaf or have hearing loss.[info confirmed w/ org]
International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)Comite International des Sports des Sourds (CISS)528 Trail Avenue,Frederick, Maryland 21701United States of AmericaFax: (301) firstname.lastname@example.org://www.ciss.orghttp://www.deaflympics.comDescription: CISS is devoted to cherishing the spirit of Deaflympics in which Deaf athletes strive to reach the pinnacle of competition by embracing the motto of per ludos aequalitas (Equality through sports) and adhering to the ideals of the Olympics.[info confirmed w/website]
International Federation of the Hard of Hearing (IFHOH)Box 6605S - 113 84 StockholmSwedeninfo@ifhoh.orghttp://www.ifhoh.org/Description: The IFHOH facilitates the exchange of information among organizations representing hard of hearing and late-deafened people. Consult its web site for a list of IFHOH member organizations and for papers on hard of hearing people and related topics. Visit their site to access the IFHOH biannual journal.[info confirmed w/ website]
International Federation for Hard-of-Hearing Young PeopleKarina Chupina, PresidentMeidoornhof 42, 7621 CM BorneThe Netherlandskarina.email@example.com@home.nlhttp://www.ifhohyp.orgDescription: IFHOHYP is an international non-governmental federation for national and regional youth organizations dedicated to hard of hearing young people throughout the world. It is committed to promoting equal rights for hard of hearing young people at all levels of the community. People may subscribe to IFHOHYP Mailing by emailing the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.[info confirmed w/ org]
Quota International1420 21st Street NWWashington DC 20036United States of AmericaTel: (202) 331-9694Fax: (202) email@example.com://www.quota.orgDescription: This international service organization links members of all ages, occupations, and nationalities in a worldwide network of service and friendship. Serves deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired people and disadvantaged women and children. Consult its website for a list of Quota International clubs around the world.[info confirmed w/ website]
Sense International101 Pentonville RoadLondon N1 9LGUnited KingdomPhone: +44 (0)20 7520 0980Fax: +44 (0)20 7520 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.senseinternational.org.uk/index.phpDescription: Sense International works with deafblind people in developing countries so they can communicate, connect, interact, and flourish. Consult its web site for its list of regional offices in India, East Africa, Latin America, and Romania.[info confirmed w/ website]
World Association of Sign Language InterpretersPO Box 56216London N4 2UDUnited Kingdomhttp://www.wasli.orgDescription: WASLI offers information relevant to deaf and hearing sign language interpreters globally. Consult their newsletter and country reports for information about access to sign language interpreters for deaf people around the world.[info confirmed w/ website]
World Federation of the DeafWFD General SecretariatP.O. Box 65FIN-00401Helsinki, FinlandFax: +358 9 580 email@example.com (WFD President)firstname.lastname@example.org (General info and enquiries)email@example.com (Join as a member)firstname.lastname@example.org (Ordering WFD merchandise)http://www.wfdeaf.orgDescription: With more than 130 national deaf-run organizations in its membership, WFD acts as a spokes-organization for deaf people around the world. Consult its web site for policy papers and fact sheets on deaf people; a list of organizations that support developing countries; a list of industrialized country governments that support developing countries; and a web page targeted at deaf people in developing countries.[info confirmed w/ website]
World Federation of the DeafblindLex Grandia, PresidentSnehvidevej 13DK-9400 NoerresundbyDenmarkPhone: +45 98 19 20 99Fax: +45 98 19 20 email@example.com (President)firstname.lastname@example.org (Vice President)email@example.com (Secretary General)firstname.lastname@example.org (Treasurer)email@example.com (Africa)firstname.lastname@example.org (Asia)email@example.com (Europe)firstname.lastname@example.org (Latin America)email@example.com (North America)firstname.lastname@example.org (The Pacific)http://www.wfdb.org/Description: The WFDB represents national organizations of deafblind people internationally. It disseminates information about deafblindness and the services that deafblind people need to lead independent lives. Consult its web site for links to other deafblind organizations globally.[info confirmed w/ website]
WRAD, Inc.PO Box 3211Quartz Hills, CA 93586United States of AmericaVideo Phone: (661) 943-8879Phone: (661) 943-8879TTY: (716) 586-4208Fax: (716) email@example.com://wrad.org/Description: Provides programs, services, and activities to people who are hearing, deaf, or hard of hearing.[info confirmed w/ website]
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These organizations serve deaf people in a specific region whether Africa, Asia, Europe, or elsewhere.
Association of Late Deafened Adults - Asia Pacific (ALDA-AP)1233/B, LAC II, St. 37/B, Mehmoodabad # 6, (Behind United Bakery),Karachi - 75640Pakistandanishkadah@gmail.com (Reaches Muhammad Akram)Description: Open for membership to any late-deafened adult in the Asia Pacific region. Enables members to exchange coping strategies and participate in recreational programs, conferences, and workshops.[Info confirmed w/ third party]
European Federation of Associations of Teachers of the Deafinfo@firstname.lastname@example.org@feadpa.orghttps://www.feapda.eu/ Description: FEAPDA is a group of Teachers of the Deaf that addresses issues concerning the education of deaf children and young people. Its website links to more associations of teachers of the deaf and other organizations working with deaf people throughout Europe.[info confirmed w/ website]
European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH)c/o Hörselskadades RiksförbundBox 6605SE-113 84 StockholmSwedenGävlegatan 16 (Office)Phone: +46 8 457 5500Fax: +46 8 457 email@example.com://www.efhoh.org/Description: EFHOH contains the European members of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH). Their website has links to some national-level organizations of hard of hearing people in Europe.
European Federation of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children FEPEDASari Paloposki, PresidentKLVL, Ilkantie 400400 Helsinki, FinlandPhone: + 358 40 7589539contact@FEPEDA.EUhttp://fepeda.eu/ Description: FEPEDA is a non-governmental umbrella organization set up to represent associations of parents and friends of deaf and hard-of-hearing children at a European level. Its membership includes national and regional associations as well as smaller groups and individuals from all of the European Union, Central and Oriental Europe and the Community of Independent States. FEPEDA is supported by KLVL.
European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI)Maya de Wit, PresidentVinkenhof 313741 WK BaarnThe NetherlandsFax: +31 35 firstname.lastname@example.org (Reaches EFSLI president)email@example.com://www.efsli.org/Description: EFSLI is an organization of Sign Language Interpreters consisting of national and regional associations, individual, and associate members throughout Europe. Its website links to more interpreter organizations in Europe.[info confirmed w/ website]
European Union of the Deafrue de la Loi - Wetstraat 26/15B-1040 BrusselsBelgiumFax: +32-2-280-34-39http://www.eud.eu/Description: The EUD comprises National Associations of Deaf people in Europe. It is the only organization representing the interests of Deaf Europeans at the European Union level. Consult its website to learn more detail about its member organizations and partners. Can be emailed via its web-based email form.
WFD Regional Secretariat for South America (RSSA)Regional General Coordinator: Mr. Alexeis Vergara EstibillC/O Asociación de Sordos de Chile (ASOCH)Avenida José Pedro Alessandri N° 1251Ñuñoa, SantiagoCHILEsrsud_fms@yahoo.es
WFD Regional Secretariat for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (RSMCAC)Regional Director: Mr. Gerardo E. Carrillo Naranjoc/o National Association of the Deaf of Costa RicaApartado 6552 - 1000San Jose, COSTA RICAFax: +506 257 firstname.lastname@example.org
WFD Regional Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific (WFDRSA/P)Regional Director: Mr. Ichiro MiyamotoS.K. Bldg. 8F130 Yamabuki-cho, Shinjuku-kuTokyo, 162-0801JAPANTel: +81 3 3268 8847Fax: +81 3 3267 email@example.com
WFD Regional Secretariat for Eastern and Southern Africa (RSESA)Interim Regional Secretariat - Mr. Bruno Druchen Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA)Private Bag X04Westhoven 2142SOUTH AFRICAdeafsa@icon.co.za
Eastern Europe and Middle Asia Regional Secretariat of WFD (EEMARS)Regional Director: Mr. Valery Rukhledevc/o All-Russian Society of the Deaf1905 Goda Str. 10-A123022 MoscowRUSSIAN FEDERATIONTel: +7 (499) 255 6704Fax: +7 (499) 255 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Regional Secretariat for the Arab RegionRegional Director: Dr. Ghassan ShahrourArab Federation for the Organs of the DeafP.O. Box 4230Damascus, SYRIAFax: +963 11 542 email@example.com[info confirmed w/ org website]
These international-level organizations work on behalf of people with disabilities globally. Most work in both industrialized and developing countries. Some of these are cross-disability organizations that include deaf and hard of hearing people in their mission, programs, and activities. This list also includes a few major organizations that specialize in a specific disability group, such as blind people or people with psychosocial disabilities.
Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support49 Rubiton Crt, GisborneVictoria 3437AustraliaPhone: +61 firstname.lastname@example.orgDescription: APIDS acts as a broker between organizations and individuals in Australia who wish to support people with disabilities and disabled peoples' organizations in the Pacific. Is inclusive of deaf organizations.[info confirmed w/ org]
DanishKadahD-63, Block 8, Gulshane-e-Iqbal, KarachiPakistanPhone: +92 email@example.com://www.danishkadah.org.pk/Description: Works to empower people with disabilities and deafness so they can better and more independent lives. Focuses on education, information, technology, networking, collaboration, and inclusion. This cross-disability organization was established by a deaf person and has many deaf members.[info confirmed w/ website and w/ org]
Disabled People International874 Topsail RoadMount Pearl, NewfoundlandA1N 3J9CanadaPhone: 709-747-7600Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.dpi.orgDescription: DPI is an umbrella organization for national organizations or assemblies that promote the human rights of people with disabilities. Its website is available in English, French, and Spanish. Consult its web site for on-line publications, articles, and reports on people with disabilities globally and for a full listing of more than 100 DPI member organizations.
Disability Rights Promotion InternationalYork University, 5021 T.E.L. Building4700 Keele StreetToronto, Ontario M3J 1P3CanadaPhone: 1-416-736-2100 ext. 20718Fax: email@example.com://drpi.research.yorku.ca/ Description: DPRI is a collaborative project to establish a monitoring system to address discrimination against people with disabilities around the world. Consult its web site for materials on how the UN Human Rights System works or for resources and publications on disability rights initiatives globally.
Handicap InternationalHandicap International UKCAN Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman StreetLondon, SE1 0EHUKPhone: + 44 (0)870 774 3737 (UK office)Phone: +33 (0)4 78 69 67 00 (French headquarters)firstname.lastname@example.org (UK office)http://www.handicap-international.orgDescription: With programs in about 60 countries, HI supports the efforts of people with disabilities to become more self-reliant and intervenes in emergency situations. HI has national offices in eight countries. Its main page leads to the home page for each national office.
Inclusion Internationalc/o The Rix Centre University of East London Docklands CampusLondon E16 2RDGreat BritainPhone: +44 (0) 208 223 7709+44 (0) 208 223 email@example.com://www.inclusion-international.org/Description: II promotes the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families globally. Its website provides toolkits on various topics such as poverty reduction; inclusive education; and human rights. Its website is available in English, Spanish, or French.
International Disability Alliance (IDA)IDA Secretariat Headquarters25 East 21st Street, 4th FloorNew York, NY 10009United States of AmericaPhone: +1 212 420 1500Fax: +1 212 505 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/Description: IDA speaks for the international disability movement in global policy matters. It is formed from a network representing Disabled Peoples' International, Inclusion International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Rehabilitation International, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the Deafblind, and World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry.
Disability Rights International (Formerly Mental Disabilities Rights International)1156 15th Street NWSuite 1001Washington, DC 20005 USAPhone: 202.296.0800Fax: email@example.com://driadvocacy.orgDescription: DRI promotes the human rights of people with mental disabilities (intellectual and psychosocial disabilities) globally. Consult its web site for reports documenting human rights abuses against people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, particularly in institutions.
Rehabilitation International25 East 21 Street, 4th floorNew York, NY 10010United States of AmericaPhone: +1 212-420-1500Fax: +1 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.riglobal.orgDescription: RI is a global network of people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, government agencies, and advocates who promote the human rights, inclusion, and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Consult the RI membership directory for a listing of more than 700 member organizations in nearly 100 countries.
World Blind Union1929 Bayview AvenueToronto Ontario, Canada M4G 3E8Phone: 1-416-486-9698Fax: email@example.com://www.worldblindunion.orgDescription: WBU represents the concerns of blind and partially sighted people in 600 organizations in 178 member countries. Their web site is available in English, French, or Spanish.
World Institute on Disability510 16th Street, Suite 100Oakland, California 94612United States of AmericaVoice: 510-763-4100TTY: 510-208-9493Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.wid.orgDescription: WID uses research, training, advocacy, and public education to strengthen the disability movement. Consult its site for various publications and web content on international development, poverty, and human rights in developing countries.
World Network of Users and Survivors of PsychiatryWNUSP SecretariatStore Glasvej 495000 Odense CDenmarkPhone: +45 66 19 45 email@example.com://www.wnusp.netDescription: The WNUSP promotes the human rights and interests of people with psychosocial disabilities. It is run by and for users and survivors of psychiatry around the world. Consult their web site for an extensive collection of materials on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
These organizations support efforts to fight poverty and promote human rights among Deaf people and people with disabilities in developing countries. For more organizations working in developing countries, consult the list of international deaf organizations; international disability organizations; and, of course, the individual countries that interest you in the list of national- and local-level organizations.
Action on Disability and DevelopmentVallis House, 57 Vallis RoadFrome, Somerset, BA11 3EGUnited KingdomPhone: 01373 473064Text: 454422Fax: 01373 452075http://www.add.org.uk/Description: Action on Disability and Development supports Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in Africa and Asia so they can promote the rights of all people with disabilities. It also influences mainstream policy makers and international development workers to include the needs of people with disabilities in all their work.
Asian-Pacific Development Center on DisabilityAsia-Pacific Development Center on Disability BuildingRajvithi Rd., Rajthevee, Bangkok 10400ThailandPhone: 66-(0)-2354-750566-(0)-2354-3525-29Fax: 66-(0)-2354-750766-(0)-firstname.lastname@example.org://www.apcdproject.org/Description: The APCD promotes the empowerment of people with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific Region. It provides training to grass-roots leaders with disabilities and encourages organizations to exchange disability-related information throughout Asia.
Auroa Deaf Aid AfricaChris Kubwimana, ADAA Director23c Fayland AvenueLondon SW16 1TGUK Englandaurora08@onetel.comDescription: Promotes and facilitates education and human rights for deaf children and young adults in Burundi, Rwanda, and elsewhere in Africa. Raises HIV/AIDS awareness and the awareness of the need of deaf people to communicate through sign language.[info confirmed w/org Nov 09]
Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC)Phone: 1 800 678 069+61 3 8843 email@example.com://www.addc.org.au/Description: The ADDC promotes the integration of disability issues into all Australian development programs and policies in developing countries. Consult its site for an extensive collection of links to international organizations, as well as for links to reports, fact sheets, and guidelines on topics such as poverty and disability; advocacy; emergency and conflict situations; and more.
CBMNibelungenstrasse 124Bensheim64625 GermanyPhone: 00496251 1310Fax: 00496251 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.cbm.orgDescription: Global disability NGO with partner organizations in low income countries supporting healthcare, education, community based rehabilitation, income generation and inclusion of persons with disabilities, deafness, hearing impairment or deaf-blindness. Together with the World Health Organization, a founder member of WWHearing, a global partnership to promote affordable hearing aids and services in the developing world. CBM website has links to many disability-related information resources.
Disability Awareness in Action46 The ParklandsHullavingtonWiltshire SN14 6DLUnited Kingdominfo@daa.org.ukhttp://www.daa.org.ukDescription: DAA is an international human rights network run by and for people with disabilities. Its primary emphasis is human rights in developing countries. Consult their web site for a list of useful links and for DAA's resource kits on organization building, fund raising, women with disabilities, and civil rights law.
Disabled Peoples' Organizations - Denmark (DPOD)Kløverprisvej 10B2650 HvidovreDenmarkPhone: +45 3675 1777Fax: +45 3675 email@example.com://international.handicap.dk/ Description: DPOD contributes to the development of strong organizations of people with disabilities in developing countries. Also works to persuade country governments to respect the human rights of people with disabilities. Has programs in 12 countries.
Discovering Deaf WorldsPO Box 10063, Rochester NY 14610United States of America (USA)Voice: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.discoveringdeafworlds.orgDescription: Works to empower deaf and hard of hearing communities in developing countries. Strives to advance the capacity of local deaf communities around the globe to meet their social, educational, and employment needs via partnerships with educators, employers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).[info confirmed w/ org Nov09]
Enabling Education Networkc/o Educational Support and InclusionSchool of EducationUniversity of ManchesterOxford RoadManchester M13 9PLUKPhone: +44 (0)161 275 3711Mobile/SMS: +44 (0)7929 326 564Fax: +44 (0)161 275 email@example.com://www.eenet.org.ukDescription: EENET promotes regional networking and information sharing on inclusive education in developing countries. Consult its web site for documents, training tools, and other materials related to educating students with disabilities. Its materials are available in a wide range of languages including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Kishwali, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, and Urdu.
Global Deaf Connection2901 38th Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55406United States of AmericaPhone: (612) 724-8565TTY: (612) 724-8565Fax: (612) firstname.lastname@example.org://www.deafconnection.orgDescription: Works to improve the quality of Deaf education in developing countries through the use of their native sign language. Works in Kenya, Jamaica, and DR Congo.
Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD)Kelly Hamel, GPDD SecretariatVoice: (202) email@example.com://www.gpdd-online.org/Description: GPDD promotes collaboration among development agencies and organizations to fight poverty and exclusion among people with disabilities in developing countries. You do not have to be a GPDD member to join its email discussion list.
Global Reach Out Initiative, Inc. (GRO)Alim Chandani, Director4518 Raleigh Ave., #401Alexandria, VA 22304USAinfo@globalreachout.orghttp://globalreachout.org/Description: Creates opportunities for Deaf Americans and their peers in developing countries to learn from each other through cross-cultural dialogue and workshops. Strives to inspire Deaf youth in developing countries to advocate awareness of Deaf rights in their home communities.
Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive DevelopmentRosangela Berman Bieler, Executive Director27-37 27th Street, #1B,New York, NY 11102Phone: 1(347) 738-6472RBbieler@firstname.lastname@example.org://www.iidi.orgDescription: IIDI promotes the inclusion and autonomy of people with disabilities and their families in the Inter-American region. IIDI generates and disseminates knowledge, provides training and capacity building to disabled people's organizations (DPOs), and offers technical assistance to governments and development organizations. Their web site is in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)c/o LFTWrue Washington 40B-1050 BrusselsBelgiumPhone: +32 (0)2 email@example.com://www.iddc.org.ukDescription: IDDC promotes the rights of people with disabilities. Consult its web site for publications on a range of topics related to people with disabilities in developing countries. Click on "disability and development topics."
Mobility International USA (MIUSA)International Development and Disability132 E. Broadway, Suite 343Eugene, Oregon 97401United States of Americadevelopment@miusa.orghttp://www.miusa.org/iddDescription: The International Development and Disability office within MIUSA works as a bridge between the disability community and the mainstream international development community. It promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream international development programs and activities.
The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with DisabilitiesPO Box 587Cape Town 8000South AfricaPhone: +27 (0)21 426 5858/5864Fax: +27 (0)21 422 firstname.lastname@example.org://www.africandecade.org/Description: This organization promotes the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. Consult its web site for materials, resources, and toolkits for disability advocates throughout Africa.
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