International Day of Sign Languages 2021: Significance and history

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 For the year 2021, the World Federation of the Deaf has released a 'Global Leaders Challenge', organized to promote the use of sign language by local, national and global leaders, organized by the National Association of Deaf People. are in partnership with. Country.

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International Day of Sign Languages 2021

International Sign Language Day is observed annually on 23 September, coinciding with the celebration of the International Week of the Deaf. It was first celebrated in 1958 and has since grown into a global movement for the unity of the deaf, to raise awareness of the importance of sign language as a means of communication and to promote 'the full protection of the human rights of deaf people'. focused on attainment. ' According to the United Nations.

The World Federation of the Deaf first proposed this day on December 19, 2017. 23 September is an important date in itself as it is the day when the World Federation for the Deaf was first established in 1951. The day is particularly significant because it presents an opportunity to 'support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users. According to data collected by the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people in the world, and more than 300 different sign languages ​​are used by them.

Although in essence, sign languages ​​are structurally different from spoken language, they are still full natural languages ​​in many ways. Globally, there is an international sign language that is also used for official meetings or informally during travel and socializing.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes and encourages the use of sign language. It also holds that sign languages ​​are equal in status to spoken languages. Early access to sign language, such as the quality education available in sign language, is essential for the growth and development of deaf individuals. According to the United Nations, "it recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages ​​as a part of linguistic and cultural diversity."

For the year 2020, the World Federation of the Deaf has released a 'Global Leaders Challenge', organized to promote the use of sign language by local, national and global leaders, organized by the National Association of Deaf People. are in partnership with. Country.


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