International Day of Sign Languages: 2021

The International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated on September 23 every year.

International Day of Sign Languages: 2021

International Day of Sign Languages: 2021

The International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated on September 23 every year. It is to raise awareness about the importance of sign languages. It is observed to motivate and raise awareness about the importance of sign language in the realization of the human rights of those people having hearing disabilities. 

Sign language is a medium of communication and fully-fledged natural language for people who are deaf. Visual signs like hand gestures, signals, facial expressions, and body movements are used for sign language worldwide. There are over 300 different sign languages, being unique with each symbol. There is an international sign language used by deaf people in international meetings and when traveling and socializing. This day supports and protects the linguistic identity of people who are deaf along with other users of sign languages.

International Day of Sign Languages: History

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), which has 135 national associations of deaf people, proposed the International Day of Sign Languages. The resolution for the same was adopted consent on 19 December 2017.

The first International Day of Sign Languages was observed in 2018. The date 23 September was chosen because it marks the establishment of WFD in 1951.  WFD has said that there are over 70 million deaf people across the globe and 80% of these are from developing countries.

International Day of Sign Language 2021: Significance

International day of sign Language promotes the understanding that supports the use of sign languages. The day is demonstrated by the UN general assembly in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language for the human rights of deaf people. The resolution which established the day recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages as a part of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also focuses on the principle of "nothing about us without us" in relation to working with deaf communities.

This day focus to acknowledge early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language for the growth and development of deaf people.