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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 in India

Thusar and Babloo talks about accessibility for deaf people in India



Accessing Information, Empowerment

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



Advocating for Deaf Awareness through the Media

Learn how to advocate with television, newspapers, and other media to raise Deaf awareness through the media. Some people only learn about Deaf people, or people with disabilities, through the media



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.



Business Can Empower

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



California supports right to language access

In its position statement, the Department of Education of California supports right to language access for deaf and hard of hearing children.



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.



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.



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 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 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 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 Ethiopian youth empowerment

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



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 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 people during natural disasters

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



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 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 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 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-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.



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.



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.



Development Empowers Deaf People

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



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.



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.



Finding DeafBlind Organizations

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



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.



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.



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.



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.



Innovations in Deaf Studies

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



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.



Legal Knowledge for Deaf Chileans

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



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.



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.



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



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.



Monitor and Evaluate for Sustainability

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



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.



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.



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 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 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.



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.



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 Sign Language to Deaf Children and Families in Vietnam

Children with any disability are often out of school. But one project is teaching sign language to Deaf children and families in Vietnam.



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.



The Disability Data Portal

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



Training colleagues at your organization

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



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.



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.



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.



Why policies should promote sign language for Deaf children

The authors of this article argue that policies should promote sign language for all Deaf children, with or without cochlear implants.