WFD AND WASLI STATEMENT ON USE OF SIGNING AVATARS WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars from World Federation of the Deaf on Vimeo. WFD and WASLI have jointly developed a statement to express our concern about the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content is being managed by public authorities. As signed languages are fully-fledged languages with their own complex structures that are distinct from spoken … Read More »

WASLI Newsletter no 5 2017

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WFD-WASLI Message of Collaboration

 Message of Collaboration Alanne and Russell Kaisa: I am Kaisa Alanne, World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Board Member, and you are?   Debra: I am Debra Russell, President of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI).   Kaisa: So WFD and WASLI have a strong partnership and a formal collaboration agreement – why is that needed?   Debra: The agreement is important as it shows that interpreters respect the Deaf community and the Deaf … Read More »

International Week of the Deaf 2017

  Dear WASLI Members: International Week of the Deaf, 2017 will be celebrated from the 18th-24th of September 2017. We congratulate the World Federation of the Deaf on launching this wonderful week of celebrations that highlight the human rights of deaf people.  The theme, with Full Inclusion with Sign Language,  emphasises the importance of sign language.  Your work as an interpreter is also important in supporting the recognition of sign language in your country and working as an … Read More »

Full Inclusion with Sign Language!

  #InternationalWeekoftheDeaf2017 The theme ‘Full Inclusion with Sign Language!’ highlights that full inclusion is possible when sign language is recognised and used widely within the society. Without the recognition, utilisation and promotion of sign language, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recently adopted 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Goals will not be fully achieved for deaf people. You can support … Read More »

Panama Declaration

At the closing of the ELATIS III Conference in Panama City, the Panama Declaration was presented. The text is at this time available in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and English. Whereas there is no signed IS version available yet, we believe members will be interested in this document. Thank you to all who worked on and support this declaration. Panama Declaration … Read More »

WASLI Newsletter no 4 2017

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2015 Conference Proceedings

WASLI 2015 Conference Proceedings – get your copy! The WASLI Board and the Conference Proceeding editors, Isabelle Heyerick and Suzanne Ehrlich, proudly present the proceedings of the 2015 WASLI conference.   More Information: White Papers pdf Purchase Information … Read More »

Open Letter on behalf of Marjan Davari

Open Letter on behalf of Marjan Davari:  Read Letter pdf … Read More »

afsli 2017

  The African Federation of Sign Language Interpreters in partnership with the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters is asking for your help in realizing the dream of hosting the first African continental conference for the Deaf and Interpreting communities. The conference “Sign Language Interpreting and Deaf Rights in Africa” is scheduled to be held March 13th-17th in Abuja, Nigeria. The conference will bring together researchers in the field of sign language interpretation, … Read More »