International Week of Deaf People 2021

Theme: Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities

Welcome to Irish Sign Language Awareness Week 2021 by John Sherwin (CEO) & Lianne Quigley (Chairperson)

As of 2021, the International Week of the Deaf will now be known as the International Week of Deaf People (IWDP).  This name change in name comes from the decision of the XVI WFD General Assembly, in which our Ordinary Members requested that

  1. The WFD work to establish an International Day of Sign Languages,
  2. Change the name of our annual celebration to the International Week of Deaf People.

We accomplished the first goal in 2017, with the UN Resolution recognizing 23rd September as the International Day of Sign Languages.

From 2021, we celebrate the International Week of Deaf People!

Daily Themes:

♦ Cherishing Deaf History - Monday 20th September 2021

Sustainable Deaf Leadership - Tuesday 21st September 2021

Sign Languages for All Deaf Learners - Wednesday 22nd September 2021

We Sign for Human Rights! - Thursday 23rd September 2021

Intersectional Deaf Communities - Friday 24th September 2021

Deaf Culture and Arts - Saturday 25th September 2021

Human Rights in Times of Crisis - Sunday 26th September 2021