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The World Federation of The Deafblind (WFDB)

WFDB is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization. It is an organization formed by visually-hearing impaired individuals and is the legal voice of visually and hearing impaired people in the world. WFDB has been established in 2001 and has a total of 75 member organizations from 62 different countries.

Purposes and the Way of Work

The aim of WFDB is to improve the quality of life of visually-hearing impaired individuals worldwide. One of the most important activities undertaken by WFDB is the identification and determination of visually-hearing impaired individuals in order to end the isolation of these individuals.

The WFDB also aims to provide information on the visual-hearing impairment and the type of service required for visually-hearing impaired individuals to lead an independent life. In addition, the WFDB strives for visually-hearing impairment to be recognized internationally as a specific type of disability.

It has strong communication and active cooperation with organizations such as WHO, UN, The European Deafblind Union (EDbU), The African Federation of the deafblind (AFDB), The Latin American Federation of deafblind people (FLASC). It has been contributing to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals since 2015.

Membership and Membership Requirements

WFDB has four different membership categories:

  • National Membership
  • Individual Membership
  • Affiliate Membership
  • Sponsor Membership


Geir Jensen
c/o FNDB
Sporveisgata 10
N-0354 Oslo
Tel.:  +47 22 93 33 50 / +47 22 93 33 50
Fax: +47 22 93 33 51
Email: [email protected] [email protected]



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