“This International Day recognizes the importance of sign languages for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling its core promise of leaving no one behind. It also offers an opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all sign language users.”
— UN Secretary-General António Guterres
According to World Federation of Deaf, there are more than 70 million deaf people worldwide. And they use distinct sign language to communicate between them. There is an international sign language too that helped them to communicate with others at international level.
Why do we mark International Sign Language Day ?
All human are equal under United Nation whether they are normal or disable. Giving International status to anything make people all over world to concern and care about that. Thus, this Day help normal people to understand about the sign of deaf people, so that they could not face any problem.
And also, being deaf is not a disability but a power to talk with people without voice. And we should appreciate them that they try hard to communicate.
The first International Day of Sign languages was celebrated in 2018 under the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!”
2019 Theme: Sign Language Rights for All
The over-arching theme of International Day of Sign Language (IDSL) 2019 is “Sign Language Rights for All!” IDSL corresponds with International Week of the Deaf, and each day of the week has a sub-theme:
- Monday, 23 September – Sign Language Rights for All!
- Tuesday, 24 September – Sign Language Rights for All Children
- Wednesday, 25 September – Sign Language Rights for Deaf Senior Citizens
- Thursday, 26 September – Sign Language Rights for DeafBlind People and Deaf People With Disabilities.
- Friday, 27 September – Sign Language Rights for Deaf Women
- Saturday, 28 September – Sign Language Rights for Deaf LGBTIQA+
- Sunday, 29 September – Sign Language Rights for Deaf Refugees