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30 March 2020

The World Federation of the Deaf Board and staff are united in asking all of us to #stayhome during this COVID-19 pandemic.

#Stayhome and keep connected in our communities via video!
We are #deafstrong!
The WFD is here to support our National Associations of Deaf people and deaf communities around the world!
More information on http://wfdeaf.org/coronavirus/
#deafstrong
#stayhome
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23 March 2020

World Federation of the Deaf letter to the World Health Association

The World Federation of the Deaf has sent a letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO), noting their obligation to ensure International Sign access to their public video briefings and COVID-19 public health videos to the international community. The WFD also calls on the WHO to disseminate guidance to national health authorities to make their COVID-19 materials accessible via that country's national sign language(s). Because it is our need and our right to have access in our sign language(s) during this pandemic.
In the spirit of solidarity, the WFD stands ready to assist the WHO with guidance and best practices during this pandemic.
Read the letter here:
http://wfdeaf.org/news/wfd-letter-to-who-re-coronavirus/
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19 March 2020

Guidelines on Providing Access to Public Health Information in National Sign Languages during the Coronavirus Pandemic

More than 70 million deaf people throughout the world have the right to access information in their national sign languages on the Coronavirus Pandemic. The World Federation of the Deaf and World Association of Sign Language Interpreters release these joint Guidelines on Providing Access to Public Health Information in National Sign Languages during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Key points:
· In all situations it is critical that professional sign language interpreters or translators with national-level qualifications are hired.
· Information should be available through all media channels and on all platforms. If the sign language version is only available through some channels (i.e. narrowcast), or only through web-
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19 March 2020

Coronavirus

he World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) recognises that many communities around the world are affected by the coronavirus. Necessary measures are being taken- schools and workplaces are closed and public gatherings are being limited.
We can see the advocacy work of our national associations of deaf people are paying off, in the increase in access to public information via national sign language interpreters. The WFD is here to support our Ordinary Members, national associations of deaf people, in their advocacy work. In the coming weeks, please watch for information and tools from the WFD to ensure full access in sign languages during this pandemic.
Deaf communities around the world have been affected. We have cancelled gatherings and remain
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3 March 2020

WFD and WASLI Joint Statement on Access to Health Services During the Coronavirus (Covid 19) Containment Efforts

The recent coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak is of concern for healthcare authorities and citizens alike. Governments responses to this outbreak must be inclusive of all members of the public, including deaf people who use sign languages. The WFD and WASLI remind governments on all levels of their commitments under the Convention on the Rights of Peoples with Disabilities (CRPD) to ensure full access to information and accessibility to all services under CRPD Articles 9 and 21.
It is imperative that all public health announcements made by government officials are also done in the national sign language(s) of that country. Televised (whether live or prerecorded) announcements related to the coronavirus outbreak should be interpreted in real time into the national sign language(s) with sign language interpreters being on screen and clearly visible the entire time of the broadcast.
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World Association of Sign Language Interpreters