Q & A: Do you know what the Deaf want?









Did you know?

That Over 5% of the world’s population –360 million people – has disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children).

“Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than 40 decibels (dB) in the better hearing ear in adults and a hearing loss greater than 30 dB in the better hearing ear in children”.

  • That in 1951, the World Congress of deaf first held in Rome, Italy
  • In 1958, international day of deaf was first celebrated and later extended to a week by the statutory Grant of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO)
  • By 1959, World Health Organisation equally granted Consultative status to World Federation of Deaf
  •  That in 1993, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopts,  “the standard rules for the equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with disabilities ” deaf peoples right to education, in sign language and access to interpreting services is recognized.
  • That in 1994, UNESCO’s Salamanca statement and framework for Action on Special Needs Education” recognises deaf children’s right to sign language in education.
  • In 2006, UN adopts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • In June 2013, the WFD held a side-program at the conference of state parties to the CRPD where a conversation on possibility of full inclusion of deaf people in education by 2030 was held.
  • The 2030 Agenda is a worldwide call to action, recognising that we cannot solve these critical issues facing our global society without everyone’s participation.
  • The Nigeria National Association of the Deaf say,  members feel excluded in governance and politics due to non-existence of a Law to protect their rights.
  • Deaf in Nigeria are greatly marginalised and have no voice in Parliament, economy, education or in business. A painful lonely world of exclusivity.
  • The world of a deaf is
  • Today, 2017, the only request of the Deaf remains:

“Full inclusion with sign Language ”

In celebration of the 2017 international week of the Deaf September 18-24, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria NRHJN, Lagos Chapter will on Tuesday, September 26 host members to a conversation on : “Challenges of Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (SRH) in Lagos State and the Way Forward” at the premises of Media Concern Initiative for Woman & Children (MediaCon) 15A Bolodeoku Crescent, Dideolu Court,  Ogba, Lagos.


The WFD has enriched my perspectives about the Deaf Community, informing and contributing to the implementation of my mandate. Their extensive knowledge about the situation of deaf people makes them a valuable partner to promote human rights of deaf people through sign language rights globally.

Fulfilling the CRPD demands the active engagement of representative organisations of deaf people. The permanent collaboration with the WFD is key to ensure that deaf people are not left out or behind in the global agenda.’Catalina Devandas Aguilar
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

-Catalina Devandas Aguilar 

UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

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