All nationally recognised Deaf Youth Associations and Deaf Youth Sections can apply to become Youth Ordinary Members of the WFDYS. The WFD structure currently consists of voting Ordinary Members (OM), which is compromised of National Associations of the Deaf of each country worldwide.
At the World Federation of the Deaf General Assembly in Madrid, Spain, in 2007, the Assembly voted to allow Youth Associations/Youth Sections the right to become YOMs of the WFDYS. This means communication will proceed directly between the WFDYS and your country’s national Deaf Youth Association or Section. After the Youth General Assembly in South Africa in 2011, WFDYS is open for the YOM applications.
In becoming a YOM of the WFDYS, it means your national organisation follows the philosophy of both the WFD and WFDYS in ensuing the civil, linguistic, and human rights of all deaf people in the world. The rights include but are not limited to the following: the right to an education, equality and quality in life, and in using Sign Languages.
By becoming a YOM, it entitles your Association/Section the following rights:
– Send delegates (participants/leaders) to all WFD Camps;
– Receive all information directly from the WFDYS and have direct communication access to the WFDYS;
– Voting rights at the Youth General Assembly.
The annual fees for a Youth Ordinary Member are the following:
Group A (High-income economies): 50 Euros (€)
Group B (Upper-middle-income economies): 25 Euros (€)
Group C (Lower-middle-income economies): No Fees
Group D (Low-income economies): No Fees
We follow World Bank’s official list of World Development Report for Group A, B, C and D. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm which group category your organisation fall under.
The YOM fees will go to the work of the WFDYS which includes the following: website, publicity, camp planning, and support of developing countries’ participation in WFD Camps.