Keynote Presentation: Colin Allen, President, World Federation of the Deaf
World Federation of the Deaf: Impacts on EDI
Hosted by: Alberta Association for the Deaf and the University of Alberta
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Faculty Club, University of Alberta
Accessibility: ASL Interpretation and Real-time Captioning will be provided, and a gender inclusive washroom will be available; contact email@example.com
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The 2019 EDI Week Keynote Presentation will be delivered by Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and past Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). As an international human rights champion and as a deaf person who has used Australian Sign Language (Auslan) since birth, Colin will share his journey to advance the human rights of deaf people, and more broadly people with disability, for over 40 years in the political, professional and social realm. His international work includes engagement with the UN System and the delivery of presentations and workshops in more than 70 countries on human rights issues for both the Deaf Community and persons with disability. The Presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
Colin has been President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) since 2011 having been involved since 2003 as a board member. Colin is also past Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). In these roles, he has guided and represented WFD and IDA in their engagement with the UN System and other international human rights and international development organisations. Colin has addressed international and national conferences as a keynote presenter and has presented workshops on issues related to human rights for both the Deaf Community and persons with disability in more than 70 countries. Read Colin's full bio here.