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Two organizations launched the #SignYourNameChallenge project to raise awareness about deafness and sign language rights in Rwanda.
Laura, a leader in the deaf community in Indonesia talks about an issue deaf teachers face.
Three scholars of Deaf culture offer insights into the U.S. Deaf community among people who use American Sign Language.
Deaf people in São Tomé and Príncipe are now creating a sign language of their own. Researchers are anaylzing their emerging language.
Are your meetings and documents accessible for everyone? This manual can help you ensure that everyone can participate fully.
A technology service in Japan provides accessible emergency broadcast information for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Deaf people and blind people in Israel can use a phone app, GalaPro, to enjoy accessible live shows and movies with captions & amplification.
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)
The author explains how barriers in accessing information impact Deaf people. She shares her opinions on how to solve these barriers.
Learn how to advocate with television, newspapers, and other media to raise Deaf awareness through the media.
The winner of the Miss & Mister Deaf International competition becomes Ambassador of the Deaf community who meets with important leaders.
A new, free online app for learning South African Sign Language called FingerTalk launched in 2015 with a dictionary and interactive quizzes.
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.
The Asian SignBank (an Asia signs database) can help sign linguistics researchers, people teaching or learning sign language, and others.
Learn about the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in the Gaza strip. Provides health care, social services, education, & work opportunities.
Explains basic information on monitoring & evaluation and guides you through process of evaluating a project with people with disabilities.
A basic introduction to what makes Deaf culture a culture. Primarily focuses on U.S. Deaf community for students of American Sign Language.
The KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society provides services for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision or deafblind.
Business can empower. One U.S. business provides sign interpreters and captions–and also does outreach and empowerment for Deaf people.
In its position statement, the Department of Education of California supports right to language access for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Trainers can use this manual to teach a capacity building training program for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Explains what is capacity building and how it can help an organization grow and succeed.
Overview of the sign languages in the Caribbean region. Summarizes the influence of foreign sign languages. Mentions documentation.
Describes two case studies of assistive technology in education in Bangladesh and Tanzania and guides governments in how to help.
Two Deaf leaders from Vietnam, Huong and Linh, share what they know with two CBM staff members, Elizabeth Lockwood and Sian Tesni.
Authors share lessons learned in using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Deaf American Sign Language users in New York.
Learn about and celebrate deaf people and their achievements, both throughout history and also today. Focuses on Americans.
Learn about the situation of Central African Republic Deaf people in education and employment. The six-minute video has captions in English.
If your project helps children, they can help decide its goals and assess progress. Learn how to have children helping monitor and evaluate.
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The Washington Group on Disability Statistics has standard questions, strategies for collecting disability data. Their website has guidance.
In Colombia, deaf people can use free sign language interpreters via the Colombia video relay service to help with phone calls.
First, their parents fought for their communication access and an education. A generation later, a Deaf man and his wife have the same fight.
How do you create and fund Deaf organizations? Two tool kits for disability rights advocates, including Deaf people, can help you learn how.
The CRPD Advocacy Toolkit summarizes the CRPD and explains why it matters. The first section might help trainers explain the CRPD to others.
“CRPD at a Glance for Deaf People” explains the deaf-focused parts of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Explains parts of the CRPD that mention deaf people or sign language. May be useful as an introduction to the CRPD for deaf people.
A project helped Deaf organizations use the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for promoting sign language rights.
Trainers can use this CRPD training manual to teach others about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Find comparative data on CRPD implementation. The Zero Project works wth partner organizations to gather data from more than 100 countries.
Read the story of Deaf student Kent Schaefer and his experiences with Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama in the United States.
Three strong Deaf African women leaders have a message they want to share with other Deaf women around the world! From Ghana and Togo.
Learn the situation of Deaf and disabled women around the world. And read some ideas for how women with disabilities can change society.
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.
In Canada, the government helps raise awareness about people with disabilities, including raising deaf awareness for Canadian media.
Deaf Blind International is a membership organization focused on people who are deafblind, their families, and their service providers.
Deaf Child Worldwide provides advice, resources, and training for organizations working with deaf children in developing countries.
Deaf children feel a connection with the deaf character in El Deafo. The novel is an autobiography by deaf author Cece Bell.
A series of videos in Chilean Sign Language and Spanish captions is helping Deaf Chilean women learn HIV/AIDS information.
Twenty-four researchers studied Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents. They explain the history of the signed languages.
Provides an overview of Deaf communities in Southern Asia. Focuses on India and Nepal. Summarizes experiences in urban and rural areas.
A project in Namibia built local capacity in Deaf education and Namibian Sign Language. As a result, the Deaf community empowered itself.
The Deaf Development Program in Cambodia works to empower deaf people in education, language, employment, and community.
Learn about 12 Deaf politicians around the world. Most are members of parliament, a couple are city mayors. All use sign language.
The Deaf Enabled Foundation in India promotes equal access for Deaf people in every area of life. Works to empower deaf youth, women.
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 experience many challenges. But they also have opportunities for advocacy, education, and empowerment.
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.
Explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), re, Deaf human rights.
Does the strength of Deaf identity increase Deaf people’s use of empowerment as a response to discrimination? Doctoral thesis.
Learn how people with different disabilities cooperated to establish a national cross-disability council in Myanmar, including deaf people.
Watch Joshua Josa, a Deaf man, explain how he started his career in the international development field. In ASL with English captions.
Learn about a university program in the United States that teaches professionals about Deaf international development.
DLAW provides deaf law student scholarships and training for deaf leaders. New deaf lawyers can advocate for deaf human rights and CRPD implementation.
Advocates around the world are fighting for Deaf rights–and some are lawyers. Two Deaf law students tell their stories.
A panel of Deaf professionals in the international development field share their insights about deaf leadership in international development.
Deaf Libyan voters use a sign language dictionary on elections and politics to empower themselves. Available in a video, phone app, or PDF.
The Deaf Outreach Program (DEAFOP) Kenya mainstreams Deaf and disability issues in social, cultural, economic, and political development.
In Germany, the law requires health insurance to pay for sign language interpreters for deaf patients. But, do deaf patients in Germany know?
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.
A small but growing number of deaf people are healthcare professionals. Read a story about one deaf nursing student in the United States.
Summarizes literature about Deaf people in Haiti. Explains the situation of Deaf people during natural disasters. Makes recommendations.
Deaf people in developing countries experience more challenges than in high-income countries. Author Barbara Earth summarizes the literature.
Can Deaf people access good healthcare without sign language? The authors analyze a case study and respond “no”. Discusses international law.
Watch as six deaf people in Mumbai, India, South Asia use many strategies to communicate with hearing people. One of the six is deafblind.
What are U.S. Deaf people’s technology preferences? What do they use most? And what’s accessible? Researchers conducted a national survey.
Learn more about the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) and their deaf programs in Pakistan. Education, employment, etc.
The Deaf Reach program is a network of schools in Pakistan. Educates deaf children, promotes community inclusion & facilitates job placement.
Comics can help organizations raise deaf awareness or advocate in the local community. This guide will help you learn how to create comics.
Watch an interview with Hee-Kyung Cho “Choy” about the situation of deaf rights in South Korea in the year 2009.
Watch videos of every session of a conference on the role of Deaf scholars in Deaf studies. The conference was in June 2017.
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.
The author explains the history of the Deaf social movement in U.S. society and how the movement expressed its ideas and empowered itself.
How does architecture affect deaf & hearing student interaction? What makes a place “Deaf Space”? Author used Participatory Research.
In 2014, the TV show Unreported World produced a special episode about deaf Ugandans learning sign language for the first time.
What do you learn when you compare Deaf US versus Deaf UK? Author visits United States and recommends changes in the United Kingdom.
A project in Argentina helps Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions through videos and workshops in Argentinean sign language.
Learn how to make deaf-accessible films and festivals. A filmmaker, Maya Washington, shares lessons she learned screening a film globally.
Is it “deaf-same” or “deaf-different”? Read experience of Deaf trainers providing leadership training to Deaf people in Nigeria, Ghana.
DeafKidz International promotes rights, self advocacy, & job skills of deaf children. Also promotes access to technology & child health care.
This article describes research about deafness and communication skills in Mongolia and Nepal. It tells the stories of deaf children growing.
Deafway, a UK-based organization, works with Deaf communities in the UK, Uganda, and Nepal. They value Deaf culture and signed languages.
Learn to develop a sustainability plan that addresses three types of “sustainability”: financial, institutional/organizational, programmatic.
Is your international development program as disability inclusive as it should? Take a “Disability-Inclusive Development 101” class online.
Does development empower Deaf people in Namibia? Researchers interviewed people to answer this question. With caveats, the answer is yes.
These posters explains the history of 45 people with disabilities, including deaf role models, who achieved something important.
Guides trainers in providing training program on disability inclusion in the media. Deaf, disability and media collaboration is essential.
Learn from the example of a flood-prone region of Bangladesh that has successfully implemented disability-inclusive disaster planning.
Learn how to create disability-inclusive, Deaf-inclusive communications that is accessible and respectful and reaches everyone.
The author of this article explains how early intervention services can support families in learning sign language.
How an international organization encouraged Deaf people in Guinea, Georgia, and the Dominican Republic to participate in elections.
First, his Deaf Center taught sign language to deaf people. Next, the government established a deaf school. Read how it was done.
The authors of this article say that most codes of ethics for researchers do not address ethical issues for research with Deaf communities.
Author George Taylor researched the needs of ethnic minority deaf people in London, United Kingdom. Has recommendations for empowerment.
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?
Faith’s story didn’t have to include her baby having HIV. But because of discrimination against Deaf people, it does. Read her story.
Both Deaf and hearing people in Honduras are reading comic strips to learn about corruption in Honduras and how to stop it.
Explains how an organization can develop a financial sustainability plan. Helps with brainstorming ideas for raising money, other resources.
The Deaf Read website can help you find many deaf blogs and vlogs, sharing stories by deaf people in different countries.
These web pages will help you find organizations of, and for, DeafBlind people around the world. Most major regions are covered.
How will your project survive after the current grant funds run out? Here are 5 ideas for creating your grant’s sustainability plan.
Learn about a documentary on four deaf entertainers in the United States and their attempts to break into mainstream entertainment.
Frontrunners trains young deaf leaders from different countries. Based in Denmark, it is a one-year training program.
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 who sign by using sign language interpreters in all public government information and communications.
This manual provides guidance for policy makers on developing policy that will help ensure disability-inclusive ICT in education.
Habel Ouma, Deaf rights advocate in Kenya, promotes deaf education & employment, justice for gender-based violence, & sign interpreting.
This report explores the question of health for UK deaf people 2010 and 2011. Do barriers to healthcare lead to poorer health?
In one school in Zimbabwe, Africa, hearing students and deaf students didn’t interact. But one day, that changed–hearing and deaf kids connected.
How can hotels be more friendly to Deaf guests? A training session helped professionals learn, a national conference helped them practice.
Explains how one library in the United States provides services to people with disabilities with examples of technology that can help.
Not all fluent signers are good sign language interpreters. Learn how your country can certify sign language interpreters.
Learn how individual people and organizations can change society and change laws for Deaf people and people with disabilities.
Provides detailed, step-by-step guidance on how to develop a sustainability plan for an organization. A team can work on this together.
Explains international laws, national laws in Canada, and provincial laws in Ontario, Canada that affects human rights for deaf people.
Summarizes the human rights situation of women and girls with disabilities and the challenges they face in developing countries.
Rupmani Chhetri is the first Deaf woman from India to become an international UN volunteer. Read her story about her work in Ukraine.
Learn ideas for “icebreaker” activities. These are activities that will help a new group learn about each other and work well together.
How can researchers and organizations improve collaboration with Deaf communities in developing countries? Best practice and learned lessons.
The authors discuss the situation of India sign language rights in international and domestic laws and in deaf education.
The authors contributing to this anthology explore the role of deaf scholars in the field of Deaf Studies.
Two international conferences of Deaf Muslims took place in 2013 and 2016. The third was to be in late 2019.
International Deaf Emergency, Inc., (IDE) provides pre-disaster preparation, rescue & relief, and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.
A team of researchers share what they learned from researching issues related to international deaf mobility, including travel and sign.
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? How do Deaf people from different countries relate? The authors analyze experiences in Ghana and India.
A deaf journalist in Nigeria, Julius Shemang, advocates for better disability rights laws, media coverage of disability, and deaf awareness.
Watch a series of interviews with Kenyan deaf professionals. These include a school teacher, a university professor, a dancer, and many more.
Watch as the Deaf community of the remote Republic of Kiribati celebrate Kiribati Sign Language Awareness Week in 2016.
What can interpreters learn from deaf leaders’ use of sign language interpreters? Researchers interviewed 14 deaf leaders in 7 countries
A Deaf American lawyer, Michael Steven Stein, describes his attempts to improve access to legal knowledge for Deaf Chileans.
The authors argue that state constitutions should protect a legal right to language for deaf children. Analyzes U.S. and international law.
Learn how to write laws that enable people with disabilities, including Deaf and hard of hearing people, to compete for employment.
Clarissa from Macau talks about a problem we see worldwide – deaf people not having the chance to lead.
Frank Musukwa explains how Deaf organizations in Zambia advocated with local universities to ask them to enroll Deaf law students.
How will your organization survive 5, 10, 20 years from now? This guide can help develop your long-term organizational sustainability plan.
Malu, who has taught Chilean Sign Language to Deaf children, describes her experience in the first leadership school for Deaf women in Chile.
Use this manual to train women leaders with disabilities, including women who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.
This manual on sign language work explains strategies for doing successful sign language work and some of the issues to think about.
The Mask of Benevolence analyzes how medical, education, and other professionals often harm Deaf people even when they’re trying to help
Media either ignores, or stereotypes, people with disabilities and deaf people. This guide for media reporting on disability can help.
Mexico has many laws important for Deaf people and people with disabilities. Learn more about Mexico laws for Deaf people.
Deaf organizations around the world including MNI partner organizations celebrate the International Week of the Deaf!
MNI works with CHAVITA, the Tanzania Association of the Deaf. CHAVITA is training Deaf people in advocating with local government.
MNI staff works with the Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia, to observe and assist with their empowerment training workshop.
Mill Neck International works with Nellie Zabel Foundation as they launch their first leadership school for Deaf women in Chile.
Monitoring and evaluation may help your organization be more sustainable. Learn how to monitor and evaluate for sustainability.
Meet national and regional youth leaders in Ghana. Two are experienced national leaders, two are newly elected leaders in the Central region.
Learn about the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and its work in the United States. Priorities: interpreting, justice, parents, more.
Deaf children and families living in remote villages in Ghana had never met another deaf person. Robert Sampana transformed their lives.
In one coffee shop, Deaf Jamaicans sell coffee to hearing people–and also help them learn how to communicate with Deaf people.
A project in the United Kingdom helped Deaf and disabled people’s organizations show donors they are valuable.
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.
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 can help projects for deaf communities, or any other community, succeed. Use this tool to learn how.
Learn how to use participatory planning step by step. The expert facilitates while the community decides what problems to solve and how.
The president of the Philippines Federation of the Deaf explains the process for passing the Filipino Sign Language Act.
Deaf adults in India, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, and Nepal use peer tutoring to improve literacy skills among Deaf children and adults.
In Germany, people who are deaf or blind use phone apps for movie accessibility. This helps them watch the same movies as everyone else.
Learn how to plan a sustainable project, build organizational capacity, manage volunteers, raise funds, and partner with other organizations.
The authors describe issues that cause poor health care for deaf sign language users and propose how public health workers can address them.
How can young adults with disabilities prepare for international careers? Includes quotes from a deaf woman in international development.
A series of public service announcements on U.S. media educate people about workers with disabilities and raising awareness for deaf workers.
One initiative helped service providers learn basic Kenyan Sign Language to communicate with Deaf women experiencing gender-based violence.
Watch Robert Sampana explain his work as Project Advocacy Officer for the Ghana National Association of the Deaf.
Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) summarizes the situation of Rwanda deaf education in 2013 and has recommendations for improvement.
Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more!
Ayanda Ntukwana at Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) shares her experience in Deaf education in South Africa.
In Kenya, sign language is no longer just for Deaf children. They are trying sign language for everyone in 470 schools across the country.
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 is available for deaf people in the country. The channel TV Surdo Mozambique broadcasts weekly.
Learn what researchers found when they investigated sign languages in Northern Ireland. Similarity to British or Irish Sign Languages varied.
Can the right software help medical communication for deaf patients? Researchers compared using an interpreter, or their software, or both.
The author argues that South African copyright law hurts deaf people. She makes recommendations for how the law can be improved.
Watch the six-minute video to learn about the South Korea Association of the Deaf and its history. The video has captions in English.
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, who is now a university professor and consultant in Peru, shares her life story as a Deaf woman.
How will your project survive after the first grant funds end? What is your sustainability plan? Funders will want to know. Here are ideas.
Provides guidance in writing the sustainability section of your grant proposal, explaining how your project survives after the grant ends.
Three teachers share perspectives on teaching leadership, advocacy, etc to international young deaf leaders in Frontrunners based in Denmark.
Learn about teaching deaf voters, voters with other disabilities, and other voters about their right to vote. Messages need to be accessible.
Children with any disability are often out of school. But one project is teaching sign language to Deaf children and families in Vietnam.
Explains different types of hearing loss and different types of technology for Deaf and hard of hearing university students.
This textbook on program evaluation guides students in the theory and practice. Provides examples from different fields.
A disability organization educated Thai media about disability and improved how Thai media covers disability.
The Disability Data Portal shares data and statistics related to people with disabilities. These measure 16 indicators in 40 countries.
A representative from CBM briefly summarizes the Third International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in November 2017.
Disabled people (and Deaf people) can use this manual for training colleagues at your organization on disability human rights
A U.S. Deaf museum educates visitors about deaf history, arts, and culture in the United States. It is based in Olathe, Kansas, USA.
A program at the U.S. Department of State has helped add captions to thousands of their online videos in more than 70 languages.
Tanzanear is a UK-based organization working with deaf communities in Tanzania. They work with a local deaf school and deaf organization.
Talks about different concepts of culture and how these apply to deaf communities. He suggests we speak of a new concept called “deafhood”.
Deaf people in an isolated village in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) have developed their own unique sign language.
Learn about U.S. Deaf history. Topics include sign languages, early 19th century deaf education, the civil rights movement, and others.
This reference guide explains laws that affect US deaf legal rights. Furthermore, it uses simple language to explain the laws clearly.
How can you use the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to protect Deaf African rights? This book chapter explains.
This article describes a project in which Vietnamese Deaf children learn through sign language. Parents and teachers learn sign language.
Watch a former President tell about his experience working with a volunteer that ended in a conflict.
Provides an overview of deafness in international development, and explains some of the organizations working with Deaf communities globally.
Explains the National Week of the Deaf in Australia, what is International Sign, and why Deaf people can use it successfully to communicate.
What is “inclusive development?” What do USAID policies say about marginalized groups? And what can USAID staff do to make programs inclusive?
The authors of this article argue that policies should promote sign language for all Deaf children, with or without cochlear implants.
The World Federation of the Deaf is an organization of Deaf-led associations from more than 130 countries. They promote deaf human rights.