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Raghav Bir Joshi (Nepal)

August 15th, 2010

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The Honourable Raghav Bir Joshi was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a child, he was educated in deaf schools which taught orally, but was encouraged by his parents and deaf friends to embrace signing, deaf culture, and deaf rights. Understanding the need for deaf unity and leadership in Nepal, Mr Joshi began his work for the disabled.

In 1991, the Kathmandu Association of the Deaf (KAD) was formed. As a founding member of the KAD, Mr Joshi also served as its president from 1995-1999. Also in 1995, Mr Joshi and others established the Nepal National Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NFDH), which became affiliated with the WFD in 1996. From 1999-2005, Mr Joshi served as president of the NFDH. From 2003-2007, he also worked as a member of the WFD RSA/P.

In 2008, Mr Joshi was elected as the first deaf member of the Constituent Assembly (CA) of Nepal. In the CA, he currently serves on the Development Committee and the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Minorities and Marginalised Communities. In these roles, he has been an advocate for making the new Nepal constitution more inclusive by fighting for increased access to information in sign language and Braille for the deaf and blind communities, as well as the establishment of Deaf schools which use sign language.

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