International Week of Deaf People 2024

Theme: Sign Up for Sign Language Rights 

Monday, 23rd September to Sunday, 29th September 2024

  • Monday 23 September 2024 – International Day of Sign Languages: Sign Up for Sign Language Rights
    Striving towards a better implementation of the CRPD at the national level through the linguistic human rights of deaf people in view of the 20th anniversary of the CRPD in 2026
  • Tuesday 24 September 2024: Inclusive Education
    Advocating for quality multilingual inclusive education that embraces and uplifts deaf learners through national sign language.
    => Declaration on the Rights of Deaf Children
  • Wednesday 25 September 2024: Sign Language Advocacy
    Encouraging everyone to actively advocate for the rights of deaf individuals and the official recognition of national sign languages.
    => Guidelines for Achieving Sign Language Rights
  • Thursday 26 September 2024: Building Resilient Deaf Communities
    Building the capacity of deaf communities on emergency preparedness and response to mitigate disaster risks and reduce deaf communities’ vulnerability in the face of disasters.
  • Friday 27 September 2024: Diversity in Deaf Communities
    Embracing the diversity in deaf communities where every deaf individual with intersecting identities is respected, valued and supported.
  • Saturday 28 September 2024: Deaf Cultural Celebrations
    Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the deaf communities through the lens of sign language expression. Deaf Culture involves the behaviours, traditions, beliefs, values, history, humour, art that exists within Deaf communities. Deaf communities are proud of their linguistic and cultural identity.
  • Sunday 29 September 2024: Investing in the future of deaf communities
    Building bridges between deaf children and their families and deaf communities to ensure early exposure to national sign languages and access to language rich environments.
    => Encourage people to share on social media their vision of the future.

You can contact IDS Advocacy Team by email – or text 086 440 1443 for more information 

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