This month’s disability awareness campaign that we’ll be focusing on is the International Day of Sign Languages. With approximately 5 % of the world’s population deaf or hard of hearing it is inevitable that many workplaces will have to address this language barrier at one point.
International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated annually across the world on 23 September every year along with International Week of the Deaf. The choice of 23 September is the same date that the World Federation of the Deaf was established in 1951.
The aim of International Day of Sign Languages is to raise greater awareness and recognition of sign languages, and that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education, is vital to the growth and development of deaf individual and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. The day is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.
This month’s related articles:
- Sign Language for the Deaf & Speech Impaired
- 5 Ways To Support Deaf/Hard Of Hearing Employees
- Celebrities Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing