CALLsign Training and Consultancy Services



CALLsign delivers results-oriented training on:

 – human rights

 – deaf identity and awareness

 – organisational development

– leadership

– interpreting and translation.

Contact us for customised training targeted for your organisation’s specific needs.

Training can be delivered in sign language (International Sign or the national sign language of the country) or with an accredited interpreter by Colin Allen or a member of his team.

About Colin

Colin Allen has advanced the human rights of deaf people and persons with disability for over 40 years by participating politically, professionally and socially in the Deaf Community and disability sector. Colin’s extensive contribution to the Deaf Community began initially at the local level, then more broadly nationally in Australia and for the past 20 years, he has been actively involved in the international realm.

Colin is immediate past President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) having served two terms as President from 2011 – 2019 following involvement as a Board member of the organisation since 2003. Colin is also the immediate past Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) having occupied the role of Chair from 2016 – 2018. During his involvement with WFD and IDA, Colin played a key role in guiding and representing WFD and IDA’s engagement with the United Nations and other international human rights and development organisations.

Colin has designed and delivered training and presented workshops on issues related to human rights for both the Deaf Community and persons with disability in more than 70 countries in each of the major continents and has also addressed numerous international conferences as a keynote presenter.

As a native sign language user with fluency in a number of sign languages, Colin is ideally placed to do video translations from spoken/written language into sign language/s and to undertake interpreting services for other deaf persons who may not be fully competent in the sign language being used locally or at a particular event.

Colin actively promotes recognition of the Deaf Community in everything he does and is an exemplar of what it is to be deaf and the pride associated with language and culture.  His contribution to the Deaf Community and disability sector is unparalleled.

This was recognised in 2018 when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australian honours system The Order of Australia confers the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service with Colin’s Award being for significant service to people who are deaf or hard of hearing through national and international leadership and advocacy roles.

In 2019, Colin received the following awards for his service as the WFD President:

  • 2019 Dr Liisa Kauppinen Human Rights Award in recognition of his dedication, advocacy, leadership and contribution to the international Deaf Community
  • 2019 Clin d’Oeil Cultural Honorary Award from the Cinésourds (France)
  • 2019 Abbé de l’Épée Medal bestowed by the Fédération Nationale des Sourds de France

The International Disability Alliance also honoured Colin, conferring on him the title “Honorary President” for his service as the Chair of the IDA between 2016 – 2018.

View Colin Allen's resume


….supportive with a friendly attitude; he presents clearly and is amazing.”Hussein Ismail, President, Lebanese Federation of the Deaf

….Colin is very intelligent and an expert in Human Rights and Deaf Education. Jabaar Mohamed, South Africa

….Colin is deeply committed to the empowerment of deaf people. This is shown in the way he leads advocacy work on human rights.Eeva Tupi, Executive Director, World Federation of the Deaf

….Our members gained skills from Colin’s training which prepared them to become skilled advocates… this included lobbying Government about the importance of the rights of the Deaf Community–  Pablo Taveras, Dominican Republic

….Colin is a key leadership figure in Australia and on the international stage, tirelessly promoting the rights, identity and culture of Deaf people–  Christine Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer, Expression Australia

….Moreover, and more importantly, Colin demonstrates enormous sensitivity to the challenges faced by newcomers to the interpreting profession and in particular those from the Global South.–  Liz Scott Gibson, Honorary President, World Association of the Sign Language Interpreters. (WASLI)

….A highlight was definitely the joint trip to rural Papua New Guinea, where Colin gave crucial guidance to orient the national programme for education of deaf students towards a rights based programme which is owned by the Deaf community.Sabine Rehbichler, International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships, Light for the World

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