VDNR – Nordic Council of Late-Deafened (Original name in Swedish: Vuxendövas Nordiska Råd)

The Nordic Council of the Late-deafened is a co-operative organization which works to ensure that the late-deafened people can achieve the same living conditions, human rights and opportunities as other citizens in the Nordic countries.

Member organizations
The VDNR is composed of the associations Høreforeningen in Denmark, Kuuloliitto in Finland, Hørselshemmede’s national federation (HLF) in Norway. These are full members. Eesti Vaegkuuljate Liit is an associative member of VDNR since 2019. Each union appoints two representatives and, if possible, two deputies. VDNR meets at least once a year. The Council appoints the organizer country for the upcoming meeting.

Purpose
VDNR is a co-operative organization which works to ensure that adult practices achieve the same living conditions, rights and opportunities as other citizens in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
Solidarity and exchange of knowledge and experience are prioritized. VNDR can establish co-operation with organizations outside the Nordic region, as in the Baltics.

The most important tasks for VDNR are:

  • To exchange information on development and changes in the living conditions of adult and severely hearing impaired persons, both those who have or do not have CI or hearing aid.
  • To monitor and influence developments in various areas in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
  • To arrange seminars to exchange experiences in different areas eg. communication, interpretation, education, cochlear implants and social issues.
  • To initiate and create resources for ongoing collective projects.
  • Collaborate with public organizations and research institutes.
  • Appoint an organizer country for the late-deafened’s Nordic summer weeks.
  • Involve, inform and co-operate with other organizations.