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