On Saturday, 16 January 2010 Mark Wheatley attended a seminar on European Deaf Cinema and the foundation of the European Association of Deaf Filmakers and Festivals in Amsterdam.
Mark gave a presentation about the EUD and its work as well as how the European Commission and the Council of Europe could provide funding pathways in support of the development of the organisation.
A special emphasis was on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mark ensured the participants were aware of Article 30(4), which specifically mentions sign languages and deaf culture:
Article 30 - Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport
4. Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and deaf culture.