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WFD President Colin Allen to give SIGN7 keynote

14 July, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), will give a keynote presentation at the opening ceremony of SIGN7 in October. His talk is entitled Strengthening Human Diversity, and will outline the implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) for deaf people, sign linguistics, sign language interpreters and their local associations and governments, and explore how research critically informs the recognition of sign languages.

Colin Allen, President of the WFD

Colin Allen, President of the WFD

Colin has served as WFD President for three years, regularly representing the WFD at the United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He leads WFD collaboration with the World Health Organization Prevention of Blindness and Deafness Programme, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Colin has also worked in a number of development co-operation projects all over the world and led local and national deaf associations in Australia. He was President of the Australian Association of the Deaf (now Deaf Australia) for nine years and has been a board member of the WFD since 2003. Recently he was elected First Vice Chair of the board of the International Disability Alliance.

Colin is deaf and was raised in a deaf family in Sydney, Australia, where he graduated with a Diploma in Community Organisations from the University of Technology.

We are very pleased to welcome Colin to the SIGN7 conference and look forward to this exciting keynote.

Registration for SIGN7 is now open. We encourage all delegates to register by the 30 August deadline.

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