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#SignYourName: Raising Deaf Awareness

Two organizations launched the #SignYourNameChallenge project to raise awareness about deafness and sign language rights in Rwanda.

A Journey Into the Deaf World

Three scholars of Deaf culture offer insights into the U.S. Deaf community among people who use American Sign Language.

Accessibility barriers in healthcare for deaf people: Lit review 2000-2015

Fifteen years of research confirms that Deaf people experience more accessibility barriers in healthcare. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Accessibility for Everyone: Making Participation Inclusive

Are your meetings and documents accessible for everyone? This manual can help you ensure that everyone can participate fully.

Accessible Emergency Broadcast Information in Japan

A technology service in Japan provides accessible emergency broadcast information for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Accessible Live Shows and Movies: GalaPro Phone App

Deaf people and blind people in Israel can use a phone app, GalaPro, to enjoy accessible live shows and movies with captions & amplification.

Accessible News and Information in American Sign Language

D-PAN’s mission is to provide accessible news and information for the U.S. Deaf and Hard of hearing community in American Sign Language (ASL)

Accessing Information, Empowerment

The author explains how barriers in accessing information impact Deaf people. She shares her opinions on how to solve these barriers.

Achieving SDGs: Disability Inclusive? UN Flagship Report

Are programs for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) disability-inclusive? The United Nations reviews data, policies, programs.

Advocating for Deaf Awareness through the Media

Learn how to advocate with television, newspapers, and other media to raise Deaf awareness through the media.

African Sign Languages: Research, dictionaries, news

People use the African Sign Languages Portal to find research, dictionaries, and more about African sign languages.

Ambassador of the Deaf Community: Miss & Mister Deaf International

The winner of the Miss & Mister Deaf International competition becomes Ambassador of the Deaf community who meets with important leaders.

APCD: Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability

The Asia-Pacfic Development Center on Disability (APCD) provides leadership training in the Asia-Pacifc region, including for Deaf people.

App for Learning South African Sign Language

A new, free online app for learning South African Sign Language called FingerTalk launched in 2015 with a dictionary and interactive quizzes.

Apply for Funding

The Mill Neck Foundation awards grants to organizations striving to improve the lives of Deaf people worldwide. MNI trains organizations how to plan, manage and evaluate a project from beginning to end, from the initial request for funding until the final evaluation of their programming.

Asia Signs Database: Tool for linguistics researchers, teachers, students

The Asian SignBank (an Asia signs database) can help sign linguistics researchers, people teaching or learning sign language, and others.

Basic information on monitoring & evaluation

Explains basic information on monitoring & evaluation and guides you through process of evaluating a project with people with disabilities.

Basic introduction to Deaf culture

A basic introduction to what makes Deaf culture a culture. Primarily focuses on U.S. Deaf community for students of American Sign Language.

Business Can Empower

Business can empower. One U.S. business provides sign interpreters and captions–and also does outreach and empowerment for Deaf people.

Capacity Building Manual

Trainers can use this manual to teach a capacity building training program for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Capacity Building: The Basics

Explains what is capacity building and how it can help an organization grow and succeed.

Caribbean Sign Languages

Overview of the sign languages in the Caribbean region. Summarizes the influence of foreign sign languages. Mentions documentation.

Case Studies of Assistive Technology in Education

Describes two case studies of assistive technology in education in Bangladesh and Tanzania and guides governments in how to help.

CBM Representatives Meet Deaf Leaders from Vietnam

Two Deaf leaders from Vietnam, Huong and Linh, share what they know with two CBM staff members, Elizabeth Lockwood and Sian Tesni.

CBPR with Deaf American Sign Language users

Authors share lessons learned in using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Deaf American Sign Language users in New York.

Celebrate Deaf People: In history and today

Learn about and celebrate deaf people and their achievements, both throughout history and also today. Focuses on Americans.

Central African Republic Deaf People

Learn about the situation of Central African Republic Deaf people in education and employment. The six-minute video has captions in English.

Collecting Disability Data: Standard Questions and Methodology

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics has standard questions, strategies for collecting disability data. Their website has guidance.

Colombia Video Relay Service

In Colombia, deaf people can use free sign language interpreters via the Colombia video relay service to help with phone calls.

Communication access and an education

First, their parents fought for their communication access and an education. A generation later, a Deaf man and his wife have the same fight.

Create and Fund Deaf Organizations

How do you create and fund Deaf organizations? Two tool kits for disability rights advocates, including Deaf people, can help you learn how.

CRPD Advocacy Toolkit

The CRPD Advocacy Toolkit summarizes the CRPD and explains why it matters. The first section might help trainers explain the CRPD to others.

CRPD for Deaf people

Explains parts of the CRPD that mention deaf people or sign language. May be useful as an introduction to the CRPD for deaf people.

CRPD Handbook: Detailed analysis of CRPD and its history

This CRPD handbook provides detailed analysis of all 50 articles in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

CRPD Shadow Reports: Improving Deaf Rights Implementation

This guidance document explains how disability rights organizations, and Deaf organizations, can collaborate to write CRPD shadow reports.

CRPD Training Manual

Trainers can use this CRPD training manual to teach others about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama, USA

Read the story of Deaf student Kent Schaefer and his experiences with Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama in the United States.

Deaf Accessibility in India

Thusar and Babloo talks about accessibility for deaf people in India

Deaf African Women Leaders

Three strong Deaf African women leaders have a message they want to share with other Deaf women around the world! From Ghana and Togo.

Deaf Albanians: Access to information, education, employment

Do deaf Albanians have opportunity to access information, education, employment, or public services? A survey helps answer these questions.

Deaf and disability in the media: Representation and inclusion

Explains why deaf and disabled people rarely appear in the media and why that should change. Provides recommendations on how to change it.

Deaf and disabled people in Bolivia: Human rights monitoring report

Deaf and disabled people in Bolivia experience human rights crimes. A team did a project to learn more about their experiences and the laws.

Deaf and Disabled Women Resource Kit

Learn the situation of Deaf and disabled women around the world. And read some ideas for how women with disabilities can change society.

Deaf athletes globally: ICSD organizing and promoting sports

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) organizes the international Deaflympics & other events for deaf athletes globally.

Deaf Australians in Different Jobs

Watch these two videos to see many deaf Australians in different jobs. For example, they include a dental nurse, a teacher, a chef and more.

Deaf awareness and empowerment in Rwanda

The local deaf community promotes deaf awareness and empowerment in Rwanda, Africa. They want national recognition of Rwanda Sign Language.

Deaf Awareness for Canadian Media

In Canada, the government helps raise awareness about people with disabilities, including raising deaf awareness for Canadian media.

Deaf children and language deprivation: Common everywhere

Many deaf children experience language deprivation. Article summarizes the situation around the world, but with an emphasis on the U.S.

Deaf children relate to deaf character in El Deafo.

Deaf children feel a connection with the deaf character in El Deafo. The novel is an autobiography by deaf author Cece Bell.

Deaf Chilean Women learn HIV/AIDS Information via Videos

A series of videos in Chilean Sign Language and Spanish captions is helping Deaf Chilean women learn HIV/AIDS information.

Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents

Twenty-four researchers studied Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents. They explain the history of the signed languages.

Deaf Communities in Southern Asia

Provides an overview of Deaf communities in Southern Asia. Focuses on India and Nepal. Summarizes experiences in urban and rural areas.

Deaf community empowered in Namibia

A project in Namibia built local capacity in Deaf education and Namibian Sign Language. As a result, the Deaf community empowered itself.

Deaf couple own pottery business in Senegal

A deaf couple in Senegal own a pottery business in which they create and sell pottery from their home. They were childhood sweethearts.

Deaf Development Program in Cambodia

The Deaf Development Program in Cambodia works to empower deaf people in education, language, employment, and community.

Deaf elected politicians who use sign language in office

Learn about 17 Deaf politicians around the world. Most are members of parliament, a couple are city mayors. All use sign language.

Deaf Equality in Gaza City

Watch three interviews about deaf equality in Gaza City. The people in the video are at the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children.

Deaf Ethiopian youth empowerment

Deaf Ethiopian youth experience many challenges. But they also have opportunities for advocacy, education, and empowerment.

Deaf Ethiopians: New opportunities for education, training

Visions Global Empowerment is working with local deaf leaders to promote deaf education and vocational training for Deaf Ethiopians.

Deaf Friendly Bank in Bahrain

One bank in the country Bahrain is now a deaf-friendly bank. Staff at the Al Baraka Islamic Bank have learned a little Bahraini Sign Language.

Deaf History International association: Study, preservation, dissemination

The Deaf History International association connects people interested in Deaf history globally. Studies, preserves, disseminates Deaf history.

Deaf Human Trafficking Victims: Why they are targets, how to help

Slavery never ended: today, we call it human trafficking. Author explains why deaf women human trafficking victims are often targets.

Deaf identity and empowerment as response to discrimination

Does the strength of Deaf identity increase Deaf people’s use of empowerment as a response to discrimination? Doctoral thesis.

Deaf Inclusion in Cross-Disability work

Learn how people with different disabilities cooperated to establish a national cross-disability council in Myanmar, including deaf people.

Deaf International Development Professionals: Joshua Josa

Watch Joshua Josa, a Deaf man, explain how he started his career in the international development field. In ASL with English captions.

Deaf International Development university program

Learn about a university program in the United States that teaches professionals about Deaf international development.

Deaf Law Students: Juventus Duroinaah & Vianney Sierralta Aracena

Advocates around the world are fighting for Deaf rights–and some are lawyers. Two Deaf law students tell their stories.

Deaf Leadership in International Development

A panel of Deaf professionals in the international development field share their insights about deaf leadership in international development.

Deaf Libyan Voters Empowered by Sign Language

Deaf Libyan voters use a sign language dictionary on elections and politics to empower themselves. Available in a video, phone app, or PDF.

Deaf Nigerians: No healthcare, education, or jobs can be fatal

Poor healthcare, sometimes resulting in death. No education and no jobs. These are some challenges shared in common among Deaf Nigerians.

Deaf patients in Germany

In Germany, the law requires health insurance to pay for sign language interpreters for deaf patients. But, do deaf patients in Germany know?

Deaf people and HIV/AIDS in Zambia

They are the first to have HIV, but the last to know about it: Learn about the situation of Deaf people and HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Deaf people are healthcare professionals

A small but growing number of deaf people are healthcare professionals. Read a story about one deaf nursing student in the United States.

Deaf people during natural disasters

Summarizes literature about Deaf people in Haiti. Explains the situation of Deaf people during natural disasters. Makes recommendations.

Deaf People in Developing Countries

Deaf people in developing countries experience more challenges than in high-income countries. Author Barbara Earth summarizes the literature.

Deaf people in Healthcare in South Africa

Can Deaf people access good healthcare without sign language? The authors analyze a case study and respond “no”. Discusses international law.

Deaf people in Mumbai, India: Communication Strategies

Watch as six deaf people in Mumbai, India, South Asia use many strategies to communicate with hearing people. One of the six is deafblind.

Deaf people in sub-Saharan Africa

Summarizes the situation of Deaf people in the Sub-Saharan African region, highlighting both the many challenges and the signs of progress.

Deaf People’s Technology Preferences in the United States

What are U.S. Deaf people’s technology preferences? What do they use most? And what’s accessible? Researchers conducted a national survey.

Deaf restaurant in Gaza strip raises deaf awareness

In one Deaf restaurant in the Gaza strip, people can use sign language to order their meals. At Atfaluna restaurant, most staff are deaf.

Deaf rights comics: An advocacy tool

Comics can help organizations raise deaf awareness or advocate in the local community. This guide will help you learn how to create comics.

Deaf Rights in South Korea

Watch an interview with Hee-Kyung Cho “Choy” about the situation of deaf rights in South Korea in the year 2009.

Deaf Scholars in Deaf Studies Conference Videos

Watch videos of every session of a conference on the role of Deaf scholars in Deaf studies. The conference was in June 2017.

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Toolkit

Deaf and deafblind trainers can use this toolkit to teach other deaf and deafblind people how to advocate for their right to a sign language interpreter.

Deaf Social Movement

The author explains the history of the Deaf social movement in U.S. society and how the movement expressed its ideas and empowered itself.

Deaf Space Research

How does architecture affect deaf & hearing student interaction? What makes a place “Deaf Space”? Author used Participatory Research.

Deaf Ugandans Learning Sign Language

In 2014, the TV show Unreported World produced a special episode about deaf Ugandans learning sign language for the first time.

Deaf Unit in Egypt: Deaf primary school students & families

The Deaf Unit in Cairo, Egypt teaches deaf primary school students. They also teache sign language to parents, families, and communities.

Deaf US versus Deaf UK

What do you learn when you compare Deaf US versus Deaf UK? Author visits United States and recommends changes in the United Kingdom.

Deaf women becoming self employed: Economic Freedom in South Africa

A project in South Africa empowers Deaf and hearing women to become self employed. It provides training in business management, and more.

Deaf Women Leaders in Ghana, Africa: Empowerment, Advancement

Deaf women leaders are active in Ghana. And they are helping other deaf women learn to be leaders too. Watch interview of two leaders.

Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions

A project in Argentina helps Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions through videos and workshops in Argentinean sign language.

Deaf Women’s Rights and Health: A Literature Review

Summarizes what the literature says about deaf women’s rights and health around the world. Available in International Sign video.

Deaf-accessible films and festivals: Filmmaker shares lessons learned

Learn how to make deaf-accessible films and festivals. A filmmaker, Maya Washington, shares lessons she learned screening a film globally.

Deaf-Same or Deaf-Different?

Is it “deaf-same” or “deaf-different”? Read experience of Deaf trainers providing leadership training to Deaf people in Nigeria, Ghana.

DeafKidz International

DeafKidz International promotes rights, self advocacy, & job skills of deaf children. Also promotes access to technology & child health care.

Deafness and Communication Skills in Mongolia and Nepal

This article describes research about deafness and communication skills in Mongolia and Nepal. It tells the stories of deaf children growing.

DeafNet Africa Conference 2016 Report: Empowerment, knowledge

This report summarizes the exchange of knowledge at the Deafnet Africa Conference in 2016. Deaf education, human rights, etc.

Deafway in UK, Nepal, and Uganda

Deafway, a UK-based organization, works with Deaf communities in the UK, Uganda, and Nepal. They value Deaf culture and signed languages.

Develop a sustainability plan: financial, organizational, and programmatic

Learn to develop a sustainability plan that addresses three types of “sustainability”: financial, institutional/organizational, programmatic.

Development 101 Class on Disability Inclusion by USAID

Is your international development program as disability inclusive as it should? Take a “Disability-Inclusive Development 101” class online.

Development Empowers Deaf People

Does development empower Deaf people in Namibia? Researchers interviewed people to answer this question. With caveats, the answer is yes.

Disability and Deaf Role Models

These posters explains the history of 45 people with disabilities, including deaf role models, who achieved something important.

Disability and media collaboration: Training manual

Guides trainers in providing training program on disability inclusion in the media. Deaf, disability and media collaboration is essential.

Disability-Inclusive Disaster Planning

Learn from the example of a flood-prone region of Bangladesh that has successfully implemented disability-inclusive disaster planning.

Disability-inclusive education in Africa: Toolkit for educators, governments

This learning module teaches users about disability-inclusive education in Africa and how to improve education for children with disabilities.

Disability-inclusive, Deaf-inclusive communications

Learn how to create disability-inclusive, Deaf-inclusive communications that is accessible and respectful and reaches everyone.

Engaging Deaf People in Politics

How an international organization encouraged Deaf people in Guinea, Georgia, and the Dominican Republic to participate in elections.

Ethical issues for research with Deaf communities

The authors of this article say that most codes of ethics for researchers do not address ethical issues for research with Deaf communities.

Ethiopian Deaf Women Empowerment: Project livelihoods and leadership

An Ethiopian project is helping Deaf women gain empowerment. The women are starting their own businesses and becoming leaders.

Ethiopian Deaf Women Entrepreneurs: Five case studies in Addis Ababa

The International Labour Organization shares the stories of five Ethiopian deaf women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with other disabilities.

Ethnic Minority Deaf People in London, United Kingdom

Author George Taylor researched the needs of ethnic minority deaf people in London, United Kingdom. Has recommendations for empowerment.

EUD Position Paper: International Sign

European Union of the Deaf (EUD) Position Paper describes International Sign and explains their position on national & intl sign languages.

Evaluating projects again

What can we learn when we evaluate projects again years later? How can this help us improve other projects we do? And how to do it?

Families and deaf children: Transforming lives and communities

Parents and families of deaf children can transform lives and communities. This manual explains how to help them do that, with case studies.

Fighting Corruption in Honduras: Deaf Inclusion

Both Deaf and hearing people in Honduras are reading comic strips to learn about corruption in Honduras and how to stop it.

Financial sustainability plan

Explains how an organization can develop a financial sustainability plan. Helps with brainstorming ideas for raising money, other resources.

Find deaf blogs and vlogs through Deaf Read site

The Deaf Read website can help you find many deaf blogs and vlogs, sharing stories by deaf people in different countries.

Finding DeafBlind Organizations

These web pages will help you find organizations of, and for, DeafBlind people around the world. Most major regions are covered.

Finding Local Disability Organizations

Guidance for finding local disability organizations. Some cross-disability organizations are inclusive of deaf people, others are learning.

Five answers for your grant’s sustainability plan

How will your project survive after the current grant funds run out? Here are 5 ideas for creating your grant’s sustainability plan.

Fostering local sign language and leadership

Expert international volunteer worker Kirk Van Gilder talks about the importance of fostering local sign language and leadership rather than imposing your own sign language.

Four Deaf Entertainers: Documentary, “See What I’m Saying”

Learn about a documentary on four deaf entertainers in the United States and their attempts to break into mainstream entertainment.

Gender-based violence against deaf women: Best practices and learned lessons

Describes examples of programs that successfully reduced gender-based violence against deaf or disabled women. Best-practice stories.

Goals for deaf and disability rights in Asia: The Incheon Strategy

Countries in the Asian Pacific region have set goals for improving deaf and disability rights in Asia. The Incheon Strategy explains them.

Good Education through Sign Language

This 5-minute video from Human Rights Watch explains that educators for Deaf students can achieve a good education through sign language.

Governments can engage Deaf citizens

Governments can engage Deaf citizens who sign by using sign language interpreters in all public government information and communications.

Guidance for Policy Makers on Disability-Inclusive ICT in Education

This manual provides guidance for policy makers on developing policy that will help ensure disability-inclusive ICT in education.

Haiti Deaf Community and Sign Language: First official description

The first known description of the Haiti Deaf community and sign language, in collaboration between Deaf Haitians and American linguists.

Hard of hearing youth: Organizing internationally for rights

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) promotes inclusion & rights for hard of hearing youth around the world.

Health for UK Deaf People

This report explores the question of health for UK deaf people 2010 and 2011. Do barriers to healthcare lead to poorer health?

Hearing and Deaf Kids Connecting

In one school in Zimbabwe, Africa, hearing students and deaf students didn’t interact. But one day, that changed–hearing and deaf kids connected.

Helping deaf access information: Sign translation by computer

In Austria, technology helps deaf people access information. A software system uses a digital avatar to translate content to sign language.

Hotels and Deaf Guests

How can hotels be more friendly to Deaf guests? A training session helped professionals learn, a national conference helped them practice.

How one library provides services to people with disabilities

Explains how one library in the United States provides services to people with disabilities with examples of technology that can help.

How to certify sign language interpreters

Not all fluent signers are good sign language interpreters. Learn how your country can certify sign language interpreters.

How to Change Society and Change Laws

Learn how individual people and organizations can change society and change laws for Deaf people and people with disabilities.

How to develop a sustainability plan

Provides detailed, step-by-step guidance on how to develop a sustainability plan for an organization. A team can work on this together.

Human Rights for Deaf people: International and Ontario, Canada laws

Explains international laws, national laws in Canada, and provincial laws in Ontario, Canada that affects human rights for deaf people.

Human rights situation of women and girls with disabilities

Summarizes the human rights situation of women and girls with disabilities and the challenges they face in developing countries.

Humanity & Inclusion (HI): Supporting people with disabilities

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) works with people with disabilities in about 60 countries. The organization also sometimes works with Deaf people.

I Was Laughed At For My Disability, Until I Became A UN Volunteer

Rupmani Chhetri is the first Deaf woman from India to become an international UN volunteer. Read her story about her work in Ukraine.

Ideas for “icebreaker” activities with new groups

Learn ideas for “icebreaker” activities. These are activities that will help a new group learn about each other and work well together.

Improve collaboration with Deaf communities in developing countries

How can researchers and organizations improve collaboration with Deaf communities in developing countries? Best practice and learned lessons.

India Sign Language Rights

The authors discuss the situation of India sign language rights in international and domestic laws and in deaf education.

Innovations in Deaf Studies

The authors contributing to this anthology explore the role of deaf scholars in the field of Deaf Studies.

International Conference of Deaf Muslims (Triannually)

Two international conferences of Deaf Muslims took place in 2013 and 2016. The third was to be in late 2019.

International Deaf Emergency: Disaster preparation, relief, recovery

International Deaf Emergency, Inc., (IDE) provides pre-disaster preparation, rescue & relief, and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.

International Deaf Mobility Research

A team of researchers share what they learned from researching issues related to international deaf mobility, including travel and sign.

International Human Rights Laws for Deaf Children

Learn about different international human rights laws that advocates and policy makers can use to protect the rights of Deaf children.

Is the “Deaf” experience universal?

Is the “Deaf” experience universal? How do Deaf people from different countries relate? The authors analyze experiences in Ghana and India.

Jordan video emergency line: Calling for help in sign

You need the ambulance or police. How do you call for help? Deaf people in Jordan use a video emergency line to communicate in sign language.

Julius Shemang: Deaf Nigerian Journalist and Disability Rights Advocate

A deaf journalist in Nigeria, Julius Shemang, advocates for better disability rights laws, media coverage of disability, and deaf awareness.

Kenyan Deaf Professionals

Watch a series of interviews with Kenyan deaf professionals. These include a school teacher, a university professor, a dancer, and many more.

Kiribati Sign Language Awareness Week

Watch as the Deaf community of the remote Republic of Kiribati celebrate Kiribati Sign Language Awareness Week in 2016.

Language justice as sign language rights for Deaf people

The author argues that signing Deaf communities need language justice: in other words, they need protection for their sign language rights.

Leaders’ use of interpreters

What can interpreters learn from deaf leaders’ use of sign language interpreters? Researchers interviewed 14 deaf leaders in 7 countries

Learn to advocate for better lives: Self-advocacy training

This training manual can help deaf and disabled people learn to advocate for better lives for themselves and others. Teaches human rights.

Legal Knowledge for Deaf Chileans

A Deaf American lawyer, Michael Steven Stein, describes his attempts to improve access to legal knowledge for Deaf Chileans.

Legal recognition of Sign Language: Path to Sign Language Rights?

Some advocates believe legal recognition of sign language protects sign language rights. But are they correct? Various authors discuss.

Legal Right to Language

The authors argue that state constitutions should protect a legal right to language for deaf children. Analyzes U.S. and international law.

Legislating Disability Employment Opportunity

Learn how to write laws that enable people with disabilities, including Deaf and hard of hearing people, to compete for employment.

Letting deaf people be the leaders

Clarissa from Macau talks about a problem we see worldwide – deaf people not having the chance to lead.

Lisa Ramansar from Trinidad Interview with Deaf Caribbean News

Caribbean Deaf News interviews with Lisa Ramansar from Trinidad. She grew up without sign language then learned to sign as an adult.

Local University in Zambia to Accept Deaf Law Students

Frank Musukwa explains how Deaf organizations in Zambia advocated with local universities to ask them to enroll Deaf law students.

Long-term organizational sustainability plan

How will your organization survive 5, 10, 20 years from now? This guide can help develop your long-term organizational sustainability plan.

Malu from Chile

Malu, who has taught Chilean Sign Language to Deaf children, describes her experience in the first leadership school for Deaf women in Chile.

Manual for Training Women Leaders

Use this manual to train women leaders with disabilities, including women who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.

Manual on Sign Language Work

This manual on sign language work explains strategies for doing successful sign language work and some of the issues to think about.

Mask of Benevolence

The Mask of Benevolence analyzes how medical, education, and other professionals often harm Deaf people even when they’re trying to help

Media reporting on disability: Guidance for professionals

Media either ignores, or stereotypes, people with disabilities and deaf people. This guide for media reporting on disability can help.

Mexico Laws for Deaf People

Mexico has many laws important for Deaf people and people with disabilities. Learn more about Mexico laws for Deaf people.

MNI Partner Organizations Celebrate the International Week of the Deaf 2018

Deaf organizations around the world including MNI partner organizations celebrate the International Week of the Deaf!

MNI Working with CHAVITA, Tanzania Assn of the Deaf, in Eastern Africa

MNI works with CHAVITA, the Tanzania Association of the Deaf. CHAVITA is training Deaf people in advocating with local government.

MNI Works with Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia

MNI staff works with the Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia, to observe and assist with their empowerment training workshop.

MNI Works with Nellie Zabel Foundation in Chile

Mill Neck International works with Nellie Zabel Foundation as they launch their first leadership school for Deaf women in Chile.

Monitor and Evaluate for Sustainability

Monitoring and evaluation may help your organization be more sustainable. Learn how to monitor and evaluate for sustainability.

Monitor CRPD implementation: Watch how governments follow the CRPD

Explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) & how to monitor CRPD implementation. Do governments follow CRPD?

Monitoring deaf and disability rights: Watching human rights

This manual guides organizations in monitoring deaf and disability rights in their country. This is a way to document and track problems.

National and Regional Youth Leaders in Ghana

Meet national and regional youth leaders in Ghana. Two are experienced national leaders, two are newly elected leaders in the Central region.

Never Met Another Deaf Person: Deaf Children, Remote Villages

Deaf children and families living in remote villages in Ghana had never met another deaf person. Robert Sampana transformed their lives.

New Zealand Sign Language community: Survey on policies, accessibility

What policies and accessibility barriers affect New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) community members? Researchers conducted a survey.

News: Deaf Jamaicans Sell Coffee

In one coffee shop, Deaf Jamaicans sell coffee to hearing people–and also help them learn how to communicate with Deaf people.

Organizations show donors they are valuable

A project in the United Kingdom helped Deaf and disabled people’s organizations show donors they are valuable.

Parents should learn sign language, says Canadian mother

A mother of a deaf girl in Canada believes other parents should learn sign language, too. She believes her whole family is happier with sign.

Participatory Design Social App

How do deaf students in Brazil use the Facebook application in mobile phones? How can one develop a participatory design social app for them?

Participatory Planning Step by Step

Learn how to use participatory planning step by step. The expert facilitates while the community decides what problems to solve and how.

Passing the Filipino Sign Language Act

The president of the Philippines Federation of the Deaf explains the process for passing the Filipino Sign Language Act.

Phone apps for movie accessibility

In Germany, people who are deaf or blind use phone apps for movie accessibility. This helps them watch the same movies as everyone else.

Plan a sustainable project with volunteers

Learn how to plan a sustainable project, build organizational capacity, manage volunteers, raise funds, and partner with other organizations.

Poor Health Care for Deaf Sign Language Users in the US

The authors describe issues that cause poor health care for deaf sign language users and propose how public health workers can address them.

Prepare for international careers

How can young adults with disabilities prepare for international careers? Includes quotes from a deaf woman in international development.

Quota International: Empowering women, children, deaf & hard of hearing people

Quota International empowers women and children around the world. Also people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech difficulties.

Raising Awareness for Deaf Workers

A series of public service announcements on U.S. media educate people about workers with disabilities and raising awareness for deaf workers.

Raising deaf children in Chile: The experiences of parents

Watch as parents share their experiences raising deaf children in Chile. In Spanish and Chilean Sign Language with Spanish captions.

Reach Malta police via Facebook Messenger: Emergency communication

People can now reach the Malta police in text via Facebook Messenger. And they can do this even in emergencies to ask for help.

Rwanda Deaf Education: RNUD Position Paper

Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) summarizes the situation of Rwanda deaf education in 2013 and has recommendations for improvement.

SDGs and disability rights, Deaf rights

Explains the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they affect disability rights. Links to more resources about the SDGs. 

SDGs in International Sign: Sustainable development & deaf rights

Use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) to advocate with your government for deaf rights. Learn about the SDGs in International Sign.

Showcase: GNAD

Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more!

Sign Language and Deaf Education in South Africa

Ayanda Ntukwana at Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) shares her experience in Deaf education in South Africa.

Sign Language for Everyone

In Kenya, sign language is no longer just for Deaf children. They are trying sign language for everyone in 470 schools across the country.

Sign language for parents in Netherlands and Canada

A program helps with sign language training for parents in the Netherlands and Canada. Parents learn via video interaction and home visits.

Sign language for young Haiti professionals: Improving communication

A new program teaches sign language to young Haiti professionals. In consequence, they can better communicate with deaf people in Haiti.

Sign Language in Deaf Education

Colin Allen, president of the World Federation of the Deaf, speaks about the importance of sign language in Deaf education.

Sign Language Rights as Deaf Rights: History and Research

In the opinion of many advocates, sign language rights is the cornerstone of deaf rights. Author explains the history and summarizes research.

Sign Language TV News in Mozambique

Sign language TV news in Mozambique is available for deaf people in the country. The channel TV Surdo Mozambique broadcasts weekly.

Sign Languages in Northern Ireland

Learn what researchers found when they investigated sign languages in Northern Ireland. Similarity to British or Irish Sign Languages varied.

Software help medical communication for deaf patients–possible?

Can the right software help medical communication for deaf patients? Researchers compared using an interpreter, or their software, or both.

South African copyright law hurts deaf people

The author argues that South African copyright law hurts deaf people. She makes recommendations for how the law can be improved.

South Korean Association of the Deaf

Watch the six-minute video to learn about the South Korea Association of the Deaf and its history. The video has captions in English.

Story of Asif, a young Deaf man in Pakistan

Watch the story of Asif, a young Deaf man in Pakistan. Asif and his father explain how attending school and driving a rickshaw help Asif.

Susana Stiglich: Finding Sign Language, Becoming an Educator

Susana Stiglich, who is now a university professor and consultant in Peru, shares her life story as a Deaf woman.

Sustainability Plan for your project grant proposal

How will your project survive after the first grant funds end? What is your sustainability plan? Funders will want to know. Here are ideas.

Sustainability section of your grant proposal

Provides guidance in writing the sustainability section of your grant proposal, explaining how your project survives after the grant ends.

Teachers share perspectives on leadership training

Three teachers share perspectives on teaching leadership, advocacy, etc to international young deaf leaders in Frontrunners based in Denmark.

Teaching Deaf Voters

Learn about teaching deaf voters, voters with other disabilities, and other voters about their right to vote. Messages need to be accessible.

Teaching Israeli Sign Language: Deaf awareness, employment

An Access Israel project is teaching Israeli Sign Language to thousands of people. They believe others can do similar projects at low cost. 

Teaching sign language in Gaza

A project is teaching sign language to hearing children in Gaza. As a result, deaf children can more easily integrate with their peers.

Technology for Deaf and Hard of Hearing University Students

Explains different types of hearing loss and different types of technology for Deaf and hard of hearing university students.

Textbook on program evaluation theory and practice

This textbook on program evaluation guides students in the theory and practice. Provides examples from different fields.

Thai media covers disability better after project

A disability organization educated Thai media about disability and improved how Thai media covers disability.

The Disability Data Portal

The Disability Data Portal shares data and statistics related to people with disabilities. These measure 16 indicators in 40 countries.

Third International Conference of WFD: Summary by CBM Rep

A representative from CBM briefly summarizes the Third International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in November 2017.

Training colleagues at your organization

Disabled people (and Deaf people) can use this manual for training colleagues at your organization on disability human rights

U.S. Deaf Museum: Educating History, Arts, Culture

A U.S. Deaf museum educates visitors about deaf history, arts, and culture in the United States. It is based in Olathe, Kansas, USA.

U.S. Department of State captions thousands of videos

A program at the U.S. Department of State has helped add captions to thousands of their online videos in more than 70 languages.

UK-based organization in Tanzania

Tanzanear is a UK-based organization working with deaf communities in Tanzania. They work with a local deaf school and deaf organization.

Understanding Deaf Culture

Talks about different concepts of culture and how these apply to deaf communities. He suggests we speak of a new concept called “deafhood”.

Unique Sign Language in PNG Village

Deaf people in an isolated village in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) have developed their own unique sign language.

US Deaf History: Through Deaf Eyes

Learn about U.S. Deaf history. Topics include sign languages, early 19th century deaf education, the civil rights movement, and others.

US Deaf Legal Rights

This reference guide explains laws that affect US deaf legal rights. Furthermore, it uses simple language to explain the laws clearly.

Vietnam Deaf Hairstyling Business: Generating deaf employment

A decade ago, he was a novice hairstylist. Now he owns his own Vietnam deaf hairstyling business with many deaf and hearing customers.

Vietnamese Deaf Children Learn through Sign Language

This article describes a project in which Vietnamese Deaf children learn through sign language. Parents and teachers learn sign language.

WFDB 5th General Assembly Meeting in 2018: Outsider’s Perspective

The World Federation of the DeafBlind (WFDB) held its 5th General Assembly Meeting in 2018. Two people from CBM describe their experience.

What a volunteer should not do

Watch a former President tell about his experience working with a volunteer that ended in a conflict.

What is Deaf International Development?

Provides an overview of deafness in international development, and explains some of the organizations working with Deaf communities globally.

What is International Sign? International Deaf Communication

Explains the National Week of the Deaf in Australia, what is International Sign, and why Deaf people can use it successfully to communicate.

World’s Deaf and Disabled Children: UNICEF flagship publication

The world’s deaf and disabled children deserve, school, food, healthcare, & more. This report explains challenges & some successful programs.

Writing about disability for media

Provides guidance on writing about disability for media professionals. Includes appropriate terminology and avoiding stereotypes.