The World Federation of the Deafblind has Launched the Initial Global Report on the Situation and Rights of Persons with Deaf-blindness.

Built Environment, News, Universal Design, October 8 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deaf-blindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deaf-blindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both development and disability programs. 

 
This initial global report on the situation of persons with deaf-blindness seeks to start a dialogue between international disability rights and development stakeholders, and is based on research undertaken by the World Federation of the Deaf-blind (WFDB) combining the largest population-based analysis of persons with deaf-blindness conducted to date (dis-aggregation of 22 population-based surveys from low, middle and high-income countries), an academic literature review, two surveys conducted among members and partners of WFDB and Sense International
 
Women and men with deaf-blindness from across the world took part in the Helen Keller World Conference in June 2018, and were consulted to confirm the findings and elaborate on the recommendations for this report. 
Source: IDA CRPD Forum
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