International Day of Deafblindness Campaign

UN General Assembly hall
UN General Assembly hall

Every 27th of June, many countries worldwide commemorate the International Day of Deafblindness in honor of the birth of Helen Keller on June 27, 1880. The last week of June is also recognized as Deafblind International Awareness Week.

Helen Keller is a recognized figure and pioneering disability and women’s rights activist. She was the first deafblind person to earn a university degree in the United States.

Campaign Launch

During the 17th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP17) from June 11-13, 2024, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, WFDB launched an initiative urging the United Nations General Assembly to officially recognize June 27th as the International Day of Deafblindness. This milestone would elevate global awareness of deafblindness as a unique disability and bolster national efforts toward its legal recognition.

Objectives

WFDB’s campaign objectives are to:

  • Raise awareness about deafblindness as a unique and distinct disability
  • Achieve a universal understanding and acknowledgement of deafblindness
  • Boost national and legal recognition of deafblindness

Support and Endorsements

We are pleased to announce that the campaign has already garnered support from government representatives of Croatia, Malta, Germany, Finland, Poland, Italy, Jordan, and others.

Get Involved

To read WFDB’s manifesto for the International Day of Deafblindness 2024, click here.

If you or your organization are interested in supporting this initiative or have suggestions for our campaign, please contact us at communication@wfdb.eu

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