50 Years Icelandic Deaf Assocation

11 Feb 2010

EUD Board MeetingThe EUD team attended the 50-year anniversary of the Icelandic Association of the Deaf from 11-13 February in Reykjavík. 

The Grand Opening on Thursday featured the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and the presentation of a new book: ‘The history of deaf in Iceland’. In the evening the guests went to the restaurant ‘Perlan’, which has a revolving floor and beautiful view across Reykjavík.

Friday morning was reserved for the EUD board meeting; in the afternoon a joint meeting with the Nordic Council of the Deaf (DNR, Dövas Nordiska Råd) was held. DNR consists of the following countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Faroe Islands. The anniversary was a great opportunity for the two organisations to meet and discuss, as all EUD board members and Presidents of the Deaf organisations were present. EUD and DNR agreed to work together more closely in the future.

In the evening the guests enjoyed dinner in the city centre and watched Icelandic Deaf Theatre: ‘Table for two’.

On Saturday all participants attended the seminar: ‘The methods of using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to achieve equal rights for the Deaf Community’.

Speakers and topics:

  • Markku Jokinen (President WFD)

The history of the agreement and the situations today and what the WFD is planning to do in the near future

  • Mark Wheatley (Executive Director EUD)

The methods of using UNCRPD to achieve equal rights for the European Deaf Community

  • Helga Baldvinsdóttir Bjargardóttir (Consultant)

Status of agreement in Iceland

  • Ádám Kósa (Member of the European Parliament, MEP)

For a barrier-free and nature-friendly environment and accessibility or The Deaf and the EU – what the European Parliament can bring to us?

  • Gergeley Tapolczai (board member EUD, Executive Director SINOSZ)

UNCRPD and SINOSZ advocacy work – a Hungarian experience

EUD seminarThe anniversary festival with a special gala dinner completed the 50-year celebration. The evening featured Deaf theatre, film, speeches from different Deaf organisations and even a raffle. The President of the Icelandic Deaf Association, Heiðdís Dögg Eiríksdóttir, received an award for outstanding achievements in the Deaf Community.

If you would like to see more pictures of the anniversary, check our Facebook album.