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International Day of Sign Language

  • By: Katie Moss
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

To celebrate Deaf culture and community, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) instituted the International Day of the Deaf in 1958, to be held on the last Sunday in September every year. The First World Congress of the WFD took place in September 1951, and the choice of this month to celebrate the International Day of the Deaf commemorates this historic event. The special day has now been extended to become an International Week of the Deaf, scheduled for the last week of September, and it is celebrated globally. It also promotes the growing, vibrant culture of Deaf people and includes a day dedicated to the celebration of signed languages around the world.

The World Federation of the Deaf represents approximately 70 million people worldwide ...

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