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Many Deaf Signers Feel Forgotten

Even though there are over 70 million deaf people worldwide who use 300 different sign languages, they often receive information last.

This happens because there are not enough resources in their local sign languages and not enough focus on their unique needs. Without early access to sign language, Deaf individuals face communication challenges, limited education and job opportunities, and struggles to fully engage in society.

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Where We Work

Today, Deaf Worlds (DDW) works closely with signing Deaf communities across Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and the USA, supporting over 3,000 signing deaf individuals in improving their living conditions.

DDW’S IMPACT TO DATE

4

countries

1.9

in initiatives

See our impact

3,020

deaf signers trained

Why DDW is Not Like Others

We are different from other organizations and unqualified interpreting companies. We don't push our own ideas without listening to Deaf individuals. Instead, we believe in partnerships and value the input of the local signing Deaf community to solve challenges and break harmful cycles.

For over 15 years, DDW has partnered with local signing Deaf communities, businesses, and governments to improve the lives of Deaf signers. With our experience, we offer personalized advice, share resources in local sign languages, and provide workshops and training to help these communities grow and thrive. Here's how we do it:

Deaf-Centric

Consulting

Developmental Accessible Resources and Tools

Well-Informed Workshops and Training

We use our understanding of Deaf culture and communicate with Deaf people in their local sign languages to identify their true needs and collaborate on solutions together.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender equity / deaf women in leadership
  • Knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and disability law
  • Capacity assessment and development (both leadership and organizational levels)
  • Linguistic advocacy strategies and skills
We gather, create, and improve resources and tools to make them easier to use and visually attractive. This helps Deaf signers learn, develop, and grow inclusively.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessible content development
  • Accessible learning design templates
  • Business pitch development
  • Business process improvement
  • Grant writing templates
Our training programs provide Deaf signers with the latest information, empowering them to make better decisions and apply their knowledge in real life.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Decision-making principles and prioritization
  • Interprofessional collaboration in research and education
  • Logistic management (both domestic and international)
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Program development and project management
  • Risk management

What Are Our Focus Issues?

Education

Many deaf signers struggle at schools because there aren’t enough resources, qualified teachers, and sign language interpreters, and schools don’t always support inclusive learning.
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Health and Social Protection

Many signing deaf people have trouble getting good healthcare and support because doctors do not know how to communicate, or the places they go might not be accessible.
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Technology

Technology is very important for deaf signers, but sometimes it is hard for them to find or use the right kind.
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Every Action Counts.

At DDW, everything we do is in service of our mission towards true liberation. With your support, you can catch a glimpse of our impact through our global initiatives, or by exploring the complex issues that we are addressing.

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Our teams, with decades of experience, ensures our efforts are updated and culturally appropriate for deaf communities.
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By becoming a sustaining donor, you help make our actions more accessible to signing deaf communities worldwide.
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Explore and witness our global efforts to tackle complex issues.
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