Mr. Walter Wouts established the federation in 1969 in Brussels, Belgium. He was principal of a school for deaf children. He was very active in promoting FEAPDA. The setting up of this federation came from a desire of Teachers of the Deaf to play a more active role in discussions and to allow them to express and exchange ideas about the education of deaf children and young people more effectively than in the big international congresses. The federation holds a Congress every two years.