WFDB was established in 2001 and consists today of 75 national and associated member organizations from 62 different countries from all corners of the world.
Relationships have been established with The World Blind Union (WBU), The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), Deafblind International (DbI) and The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI).

In 2007 the organization attained consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) where the WFDB President serves as a member of the board.

During its existence the WFDB has attained acknowledgement and recognition as the unified and legitimate world-wide representative and voice of people with deafblindness.

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Policy, legislation and its implementation
The World Federation of the Deafblind will, supported by Sense International, publish quadrennial Global Reports on deafblindness, starting in 2018, to monitor the implementation of the UNCRPD and the SDGs. These reports will present data on deafblindness; commentary on barriers and challenge; case studies and learnings; and act as evidence for recommendations to governments and other stakeholders towards full and equal realisation of the rights of persons with deafblindness globally. This commitment is funding dependent.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan 
The Global report on deafblindness, the first to be published in 2018 with support and assistance by Sense International, will form the baseline for future reports to be published quadrennially in 2022, 2026 and 2030 to track the implementation process and effect. The development of these reports will start 2020, 2024 and 2028 provided funding is available.

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018