International Week of the Deaf – 21st to 27th September 2020

Today is the last day of International Week of the Deaf!

Looking back over the week  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we shared different facts and interviews. I really hope you enjoyed watching all of them and I hope that some of the facts were new to you and that you learnt something new!

Last Wednesday was International Day of Sign Languages. It was a special day for everyone all over the world because of the Global Leaders challenge. Here in Ireland, we saw a lot of people involved including our Taoiseach Micheál Martin who signed Irish Sign Language is for Everyone! A lot of other politicians such as TD’s, Ministers, Senators, County Councillors and Lord Mayors got involved and not only politicians but we had the HSE and many others involved on social media last Wednesday all day, it was beautiful to show the support for the Deaf community.

The Irish Deaf Society would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved. We would also like to thank everyone who was involved in the interviews, thank you so much for taking the time to be involved and for sharing such important, valuable information. I know this year things were a bit different because of COVID-19, everything had to be done online so I hope that you enjoyed the celebrations online.

I’d like to say thank you to IDS’s staff for their efforts in making the videos, editing the videos, organising the interviews and for running social media. Well done, it was a great job!

I wish you a very happy International Week of the Deaf.

Don’t forget to sign the charter ( to show your support. Please continue to support the Irish Deaf Society.

You can view a different theme each day from 21st to 27th September 2020.

Learn about WFD Charter in ISL


International Week of the Deaf 2020 WFD

The International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and is celebrated every year in the last week of September, this year that is 21st to 27th.

The theme this year is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights.” Each year the Irish Deaf Society celebrates this week with a programme of activities titled “Irish Sign Language Awareness Week”.

As part of that celebration the Irish Deaf Society have conducted interviews and created information videos for sharing online throughout the week. Each day they will explore a different theme and you are invited to view the content, share and comment on the Irish Deaf Society's social channels, Facebook and Twitter.

Learn about WFD Charter in ISL


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