CALLsign is dedicated to empowering and engaging deaf individuals through our comprehensive range of services:
Human Rights Advocacy Training: Our results-oriented training program equips participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate for the human rights of deaf people and individuals with disabilities.
Deaf Identity and Awareness Workshops: We offer transformative workshops that promote deaf identity and raise awareness about deaf culture, fostering a more inclusive and understanding society.
Organizational Development: Our expertise in organizational development can help your organization create inclusive policies and practices that empower deaf individuals and ensure their full participation.
Leadership Development: We provide leadership training programs that empower deaf individuals to become effective leaders, driving positive change in their communities and beyond.
Interpreting and Translation: Our team of accredited interpreters and translators, led by Colin Allen, ensures effective communication between deaf individuals and hearing counterparts, breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity.
At CALLsign, we understand that every organization has unique needs. That’s why we offer customizable training solutions tailored to your specific requirements.
Training can be conducted either face to face or virtually.
Join us in building a stronger future by empowering and engaging deaf individuals.
Contact us today to discuss how our services can make a lasting impact in your organization and community. Together, we can create a world where deaf people thrive and contribute fully to society.
|Colin Allen has dedicated over 40 years to advancing the human rights of deaf people and individuals with disabilities. He is actively involved in the Deaf Community and the disability sector at political, professional, and social levels. Colin’s leadership roles include serving as the President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) for two terms, from 2011 to 2019, and as the Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). He has guided and represented these organizations in their engagement with the United Nations System and other international human rights agencies.
Colin has designed and delivered training programs and workshops on human rights issues in over 70 countries. He is a sought-after keynote presenter at international conferences and provides video translations and interpreting services for deaf individuals. His work actively promotes the recognition of the Deaf Community and its language and culture.
Colin’s exceptional achievements and service have been recognized through various awards and honors, including his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australian honors system in 2018. In 2019, he received the Dr. Liisa Kauppinen Human Rights Award, the Clin d’Oeil Cultural Honorary Award, and the Abbé de l’Épée Medal for his contributions to the international Deaf Community. Colin was also appointed as an “Honorary President” by the International Disability Alliance for his service as Chair.
In 2022, Colin received a Doctor of Literature from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, in recognition of his career as a world leader and expert in Deaf Community development, human rights, and advocacy.
Currently, Colin serves as the Global Ambassador of DeafKidz International and Light for the World, continuing his commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities worldwide. He is also a Faculty Lecturer at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In this role, he has developed courses focusing on the human rights of deaf and hard-of-hearing people within the Community Development and Inclusive Leadership (LEAD) Baccalaureate. He also serves as the LEAD Program Coordinator and a liaison officer for the Center for International Educational Outreach.
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“….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, Former 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, Former 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, Former International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships, Light for the World