Mill Neck Awarded Associate Member Status by World Federation of the Deaf

The Mill Neck Foundation’s reputation for its international efforts increased this July as the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) awarded the Mill Neck Foundation its Associate Member status after a thorough review of Mill Neck’s international mission, goals, values, beliefs and practices when working with Deaf communities overseas.

The WFD has consultative status in the United Nations and, like Mill Neck, promotes the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Mill Neck follows the guidelines as set by the WFD Expert Group on Developing Countries in their white paper, “Best Practices and Ethics for Development Co-operation Projects,” which cites several publications written by Dr. Amy Wilson, the Director of Mill Neck International programs.

“Gaining Associate Member status with WFD gives us the stamp of approval that government bodies, country Deaf Associations, nongovernment and faith-based organizations will want to see when considering partnering and supporting our projects and programs in the future,” said Wilson.

Additionally, Sarah Houge, Mill Neck’s Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, worked with WFD on their Human Rights and Capacity Building Project providing training to members of national Deaf Associations, interpreter associations, service providers and other organizations working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population in 10 African countries.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to gain Associate Member status with such a prestigious organization,” said Mill Neck President and CEO Michael Killian. “This accomplishment strengthens Mill Neck Foundation’s reputation as a leader in advocacy for Deaf rights not only nationally, but worldwide. We look forward to partnering with and fully supporting WFD and their important work.”

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