Deaf People in Developing Countries
Deaf people throughout the world face discrimination, oppression, and infringement on their human rights. For deaf people in the developing world, the unemployment rate is three times higher than the national average and only about 20% of deaf children attend school. In some countries, deaf people are not allowed to get a driver's license, marry another deaf person, or register to vote. Due to social exclusion, many deaf people experience reduced access to the goods and services of society.
The World Federation of the Deaf reports that 80% of the 70 million people in the world live in developing countries, where their right to access communication, use of a national sign language, equal participation in society, and opportunity to an education are largely ignored. The World Federation of the Deaf works to improve human rights, equal access to information and services, recognition of national sign language, and education of deaf people worldwide.