National Federation of the Deaf Nepal (NDFN) was established as an umbrella organization for the rights and development of deaf people of Nepal in 1996. Eight local deaf associations formulated the federation and network of NDFN have so far reached to 38 local deaf associations. People with hearing disabilities named as deaf depend on visual communication based on the signs developed on the basis of local language and culture. NDFN has been advocating and working in the recognition, development, and dissemination of Nepali Sign Language (NSL) as the first language of deaf people. Formation of local deaf associations and their capacity building with the policy of formulating one local deaf association in each district, interpreter service to deaf people, leadership, awareness, and advocacy for the rights, social equality and discrimination-free deaf community in Nepal. Still, the majority of the deaf people do not have access to communication, education, health, skill training, and employment.

NDFN has been working with different partners on the issues of deaf rights and development since its establishment. NDFN has prepared the Strategic Planning for the first time. Development of Strategic Planning became an opportunity to recall the history, development, and activities conducted by NDFN in the long course of deaf development. It also became an opportunity to measure what and how we have done and achieved and what new strategies we have to adopt for the future. Strategic Planning will also ease partner organizations to know about NDFN, the need for deaf people and to identify the issues to make collaborate with. After the 2072 B.S. Earthquake, NDFN has realized the need to work on awareness and safety on natural calamities, and along with other objectives, NDFN has included strategic objectives on natural calamities as well.

National Federation of the Deaf Nepal (NDFN) was established as an umbrella organization for the rights and development of deaf people of Nepal in 1996. Eight local deaf associations formulated the federation and network of NDFN have so far reached to 38 local deaf associations. People with hearing disabilities named as deaf depend on visual communication based on the signs developed on the basis of local language and culture. NDFN has been advocating and working in the recognition, development, and dissemination of Nepali Sign Language (NSL) as the first language of deaf people. Formation of local deaf associations and their capacity building with the policy of formulating one local deaf association in each district, interpreter service to deaf people, leadership, awareness, and advocacy for the rights, social equality and discrimination-free deaf community in Nepal. Still, the majority of the deaf people do not have access to communication, education, health, skill training, and employment.

NDFN has been working with different partners on the issues of deaf rights and development since its establishment. NDFN has prepared the Strategic Planning for the first time. Development of Strategic Planning became an opportunity to recall the history, development, and activities conducted by NDFN in the long course of deaf development. It also became an opportunity to measure what and how we have done and achieved and what new strategies we have to adopt for the future. Strategic Planning will also ease partner organizations to know about NDFN, the need for deaf people and to identify the issues to make collaborate with. After the 2072 B.S. Earthquake, NDFN has realized the need to work on awareness and safety on natural calamities, and along with other objectives, NDFN has included strategic objectives on natural calamities as well.