International Day of Sign Languages is observed on 23 September 2019

International Day of Sign Languages is observed on 23 September 2019

International Day of Sign Languages is observed on 23 September 2019 globally. The day aims to create awareness to bring out the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. It also aims to preserve the sign languages as a part of linguistic and cultural diversity.


Theme:

The theme for the 2019 International Day of Sign Languages is Sign Language Rights for All!

History:

  • The International Day of Sign Languages on 23rd September was observed proclaimed by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The resolution was passed by UNGA to acknowledge that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language. The Sign language is very important to the growth and development of deaf individuals and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals.
  • For the first time, the International Day of Sign Languages was observed on 23 September 2018. It was observed with the theme With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!

World Federation of the Deaf:

  • The World Federation of the Deaf reported that there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide and more than 80% live in developing countries. Collectively more than 300 different sign languages are used.
  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also promotes the necessity of sign languages. 
  • It has also recognized that the sign languages are equal in status to spoken languages. The convention facilitates the learning of sign language and promotes the linguistic identity of the deaf community.

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