International Day of Sign Languages has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and will be celebrated annually on 23 September beginning in 2019. It’s objective is to raise awareness about sign languages and strengthen the status of sign languages worldwide.
This event also will take place as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf), which is celebrated on the last full week of September.
Sign language is a critical prerequisite to ensure the full participation of deaf people in their communities and to ensure the full realization of their human rights. Governments must provide support for early acquisition to sign language and provide inclusive quality bilingual education. In addition, governments must provide and fund professional and trained sign language interpreters to enable the participation of deaf people in society.
The legal recognition of national sign languages as official languages is critical for the inclusion of deaf people in their societies. This legal recognition will aid with the implementation and realization of the rights outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the 2030 Agenda, making the mottos “Nothing About Us Without Us” to “Leave No One Behind” a reality.