The International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) is celebrated every year on September 23 to raise awareness of the importance of sign languages in the full realization of the human rights of deaf people.
Sign languages are natural languages that use visual and spatial modalities (such as hand gestures, facial expressions, and body posture) to communicate. Over 300 different sign languages are used in the world, and each language has its own unique grammar and vocabulary.
People who are deaf use sign language to communicate with each other and with hearing people. Sign languages are also used in educational, social and cultural settings.
Saturday’s International Sign Language Day highlights the important relationship between sign language and the human rights of deaf people.
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September 23, 2023
What is the history of International Sign Language Day?
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international organization that represents deaf and hard of hearing people around the world. It was founded in 1951 and has over 135 member associations in over 120 countries.
WFD is a leading advocate for the rights of deaf people. It works to promote access to sign language and inclusion in all aspects of life. WFD also works to raise awareness of the challenges deaf people face in society.
The idea for the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) came from the WFD. The WFD chose September 23 as the date for the IDSL because it is the anniversary of the founding of the WFD.
IDSL was first celebrated in 2018. It quickly became an important event for the deaf community and its allies. IDSL is a time to celebrate the diversity and richness of sign languages, advocate for sign language access and inclusion, and raise awareness of the challenges deaf people face in society.
What is the theme of International Sign Language Day 2023?
According to the Media Information Office, the theme for International Sign Language Day 2023 is “A world where deaf people everywhere can sign anywhere!”
This theme highlights the importance of access and inclusion of sign language for deaf people. It also emphasizes the fact that deaf people have the right to use sign language in all aspects of their lives, no matter where they are or what they are doing.
Sign language is the mother tongue of deaf people. It is a natural language that uses visual and spatial modalities (such as hand gestures, facial expressions, and body posture) to communicate. Sign languages are just as complex and expressive as spoken languages.
However, deaf people often face barriers in accessing sign language services and integrating into society. For example, many deaf people do not have access to sign language interpreters in schools, workplaces and other public places. This can make it difficult for deaf people to communicate with others and fully participate in society.
IDSL is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of sign language access and inclusion. It is also a day to celebrate the diversity and richness of sign languages and the deaf community.
What is the significance of International Sign Language Day?
IDSL is a significant day because it helps raise awareness of sign languages and the deaf community. It also helps advocate for sign language access and inclusion in all aspects of life.
Sign language access and inclusion are important because they enable deaf people to communicate with others and participate fully in society.
Deaf people who have access to sign language interpreters can communicate with their teachers, classmates, work colleagues and other members of the community. They can also access information and services in the same way that hearing people do.
Deaf people who are involved in their communities can participate in social activities, educational programs and employment opportunities. They can also contribute to their communities and share their unique perspectives and experiences.