Representative Organisations of Deaf People Call on the European Union at the 5th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities – WFD

Representative Organisations of Deaf People Call on the European Union at the 5th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) and the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), alongside gathered representatives of the National Associations of the Deaf, express their welcome for the organisation of the 5th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. This significant event presents an invaluable opportunity to address the barriers that deaf people encounter in exercising their freedom of movement within the European Union.

One of the major challenges faced by deaf people in the European Union is the lack of information delivered in their national sign languages and the limited opportunities to communicate through their preferred languages. This situation arises from the EU institutions’ failure to recognise and promote national sign languages.

This challenge is further exacerbated for deafblind people solely relying on personal tactile-sign interpreters to communicate and access their surrounding environment. The EU does not recognise their right to tactile-sign interpreters. We wholeheartedly emphasise their marginalisation within the European Union and recognise the additional barriers they face in exercising their rights to freedom of movement.

Despite the European Union [...]

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