Dr. Liisa Kauppinen

Dr. Liisa Kauppinen, former president of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), visited RIT/NTID April 14-17, 2014, presenting to numerous groups on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Kauppinen is a long-time WFD consultant for the United Nations and its special agencies and has been awarded the U.N. Human Rights Prize, among other international recognitions.

Dr. Liisa Kauppinen was born hearing, but became deaf several years later. She is fluent in Finnish Sign Language, Swedish Sign Language, English and American Sign Language, in addition to International Sign. She was executive director to the Finnish Association of the Deaf, and the first female president of the WFD. She is internationally known for promoting deaf people in legislation, their status in society, and sign language.


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WFD Presentation: Language Rights
Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) with RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC)
UNCRPD Presentation
Women's Reception Presentation: Personal Stories about My Life and Work
Rare interview with Dr. Liisa Kauppinen at NTID Dyer Arts Center

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