Based on the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly and the initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), 23 September is recognized as the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) followed by the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) and celebrated annually.

In 2019, the WFD President, Dr. Joseph Murray, the WFD Regional Secretariat for Asia (RSA) Management Committee, the WFD RSA Youth Section (YS) Board and our Ordinary Members congratulate you on the IDSL 2019. This year is our second year to celebrate the IDSL and IWDeaf and here is our congratulatory message for you. The video message consists of our Asian sign languages congratulating the IDSL 2019. Happy International Day of Sign Languages and we wish you a happy week! 

WFD RSA Representatives Meetings 2020 and WFD Asia Conference 2020 will be held in New Delhi, India between 3rd and 8th November 2020, and will be hosted by All India federation of the Deaf. The meetings, including 32nd WFD RSA Representatives Meeting, 10th WFD RS YS Representatives Meeting and 9th Sign Language Interpreters Meeting in Asia, will be held concurrently.

For more details, Please wait patiently for the latest official information

Look forward to seeing your active participations!

From May 20th through May 22, 2019, WFD RSA director visited some organizations and agencies in Korea, to discuss the issues to support more legal recognition of sign languages in Asian countries, together with the Nippon Foundation.

May 20th p.m.: We visited the new office of Korea Association of the Deaf (KAD) and shared the updates of the organization.


(from left to right) Mr. Takanori Sai (interpreter, spoken Japanese - spoken Korean), Mr. Yasunori Shimamoto, WFD RSA Director (Japanese Federation of the Deaf/JFD), Mr. Mitsuji Hisamatsu (JFD), Mr. Daesub Lee (President, KAD), Mr. Yasunobu Ishii (Nippon Foundation)


meeting at KAD


New office of KAD, which moved to a new building in June 2018


May 21st a.m.: We visited National Institute of Korean Language, a research institute investigating Korean sign language, and shared updates on the situation around sign languages in Korea and Japan.


group photo with National Institute of Korean Language staff


meeting at National Institute of Korean Language


Afternoon, May 21st: We visited Korea Disabled People’s Development Institute (KODDI) and requested their support to develop sign languages in Asian countries.


(third from right) Ms. Kyungsuk Choi, President, KODDI


Meeting at KODDI


May 21st p.m.: We visited the President and Vice President of DPI Korea at their office, and shared updates on International Disability Alliance (IDA) and disabled people in Asia.


(second from left) Mr. Kwangsig Hwang, President, DPI Korea; (second from right) Mr. Dongho Kim, Vice President, DPI Korea


meeting at DPI Korea

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.

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