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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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: 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:

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