Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director of the WFD RSA attend the Fifth Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities was held on 21 to 22 February 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand. The Session was organized by the UNESCAP.

Mr. Yasunori Shimamoto, Regional Director of WFD RSA, was one of the vice chairmen of the two-day session and Mr. Shimamoto also presented on the topic “Importance of Legal Recongition of Sign Languages” together with Ms. Ikumi Kawamata from the Nippon Foundation.

This is yet another year of copious contributions from members of the Fifth Session of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities. Discussions, recommendations and decisions have been made to the two-day session on how to #maketherightreal, #leavenoonebehind, the rights of women and children with disabilities and many more.

For more information, please visit https://www.unescap.org/events/fifth-session-working-group-asian-and-pacific-decade-persons-disabilities-2013-2022.

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WFD RSA would like to take this opportunity to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and a prosperous year ahead in 2019.

WFD RSA Representatives Meetings 2018 took place between 12-14th December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meetings include 30th WFD RSA Representatives Meeting, 8th WFD RSA Youth Section Representatives Meeting, and 8th Sign Language Interpreters Meeting in Asia. In addition, the Deaf Women Discussion also took place on 12th December 2018. The Meetings and Discussion had a total of 162 participants including delegates and observers.

For the 30th WFD RSA Representatives Meeting, delegates from 11 OM countries/regions and observers from 2 non-OM countries participated the meeting. Matters regarding the membership fees, about the voting for new Management Committee of WFD RSA, future activities, etc. were discussed at the Meeting. Delegates also shared their country reports regarding the information about issues relating to the deaf people in their countries, about policies which advanced the development towards services for the deaf.

Furthermore, 2018 marks the 35th Anniversary of WFD RSA. Our team made a video to recall our good memories, please click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPXdipr9ujc ENJOY!

Last but not least, WFD RSA would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Host and the Organizing Committee of WFD RSA Representatives Meetings 2018 to the National Association of the Deaf Thailand for hosting the Meetings smoothly and making everything possible and wonderful.

 

Links to the photos of the Meeting: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ow2GZALdctusqzXOA7lntPIz076bpE3D

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WFD RSA has been working towards to enriching the number of Ordinary Members to WFD & WFD RSA. The field trip to Hanoi, Vietnam aims at taking a closer look at the development of the Deaf in Vietnam and to see what Asia as a big family could do for encouraging connections and exchanges between one country and another.

Both Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director visited the local deaf club and deaf school. It was a great pleasure to see the deaf teachers and deaf students in a school where sign language is commonly used. We hope to help Vietnam to becoming a part of the WFD’s and WFD RSA’s family.

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