The United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, launched last year, aims to strengthen our efforts to ensure the meaningful participation and full inclusion of people with disabilities in all that we do, including in times of crisis. That is the only way to fulfill the central promise of the 2030 Agenda – to leave no one behind -UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Do you know the relevance of the international day of sign language? What is the significance of sign language? Who are the proponents of sign language? Is sign language acquirable? What is the significance of the day? If you are confused about the answers to this question, keep reading!
International day of sign languages 2021 date is September 23. This year also the world is going to celebrate this year with much pomp and splendor. It is important to have a clear understanding of sign languages. The day aims to support and protect those people who are mute and deaf and to save their language from decay. The international day of sign language is an honest attempt from the part of humanity to celebrate and accept the value of sign language. Sign language can be helpful for those who are mute and deaf. Those people without a proper language have been marginalized from society for various reasons.
International Sign Language Day 2021
The celebration of the international day of sign language can educate people about the significance of sign language and how it plays a vital role in the lives of those who are deaf and mute. It is high time to consider the plea of those people who are using sign languages as a means to communicate their emotions and feelings to fellow human beings. It is important to consider them too.
The people without a language have been marginalized by society. It is difficult to communicate with them using sign language is raised as the most important problem. Those who are using sign language are belittled by society. They were once regarded as weirdos. But now, sign language got international acceptance and agreement from people across the world. Still, many people are in the dark. So, the celebration of the international day of sign language can help the common people to know about the significance and importance of sign language.
This is one of the rarest opportunities to support and protect cultural diversity. Learn to appreciate the linguistic identity of people across the globe. The international day of sign language can help people to achieve the status of the sign language that they are using. The celebration of the international day can facilitate the union between deaf and non-deaf to promote the recognition of the purpose of using sign language. Both the groups can work hand in hand to facilitate a smooth acceptance of the rights of those people who are communicating using sign language. It is important to have the right to use sign language in all walks of life.
International Day of Sign Languages Theme 2021
The theme of this year’s sign language is declared by the World Federation of the Deaf. The theme is an eye-opener for many. The theme is “We Sign For Human Rights, “highlights the importance of sign language and how both the deaf and non-deaf communities should join together to fight against the inequality and discrimination faced by many people because of the use of sign language. There are more than 70 million people around the world who use sign language according to the survey done by the World Federation of the Deaf. Most of them precisely almost 80% of them live in developing countries and the rest in the developed countries. The total number of sign languages used by people across the globe is 300. There are many types of sign languages existing in the world.
What is Sign language?
There are more than 300 sign languages are used by people across the globe. The people should be knowledgeable about the purpose of sign languages. Sign languages are the natural languages used by people across countries. Sign languages are different from the spoken language structurally. It is important to take a special note of the structural difference between sign language and spoken language. The structural difference of the sign languages is significant.
Many of the recent studies have been conducted to analyze the significance of sign language. They should be treated not as an outcast but as a fully-fledged natural language. International sign language is also available for us. This is used by deaf people in international meetings. They use this standardize form of sign language on formal and informal occasions. They travel and socialize with the help of this sign language. It is worth note taking the use of sign language for deaf people. It has only limited lexicons. It is the pidgin form of the original sign language and it is not regarded as complex as that of the natural sign language.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first convention that recognized the need to protect sign languages. They need to recognize the value of sign language is important and it is easy to promote sign languages. It should be recognized along with the spoken language. Sign language holds equal importance as that of the spoken language. It is important to accept sign language also as a part of the language system. Sign language is used by people across the globe for the purpose of communication.
Never try to associate a stigma related to the use of sign language. Those who are using sign language is rejected from the core of the society and are thrown into the marginalized section of the society. Equal status should be given to sign language. The linguistic identity of the deaf community should be considered thoroughly by the state and the ruling people to promote the learning and teaching of sign language in the recognized institutions. It is the duty of every citizen to save sign languages as it forms the well-organized part of the communication system.
September 23rd is regarded as the International Day of the sign language day. The UN assembly has declared this day for the celebration of the use and existence of the sign language used by different people across the world. The day accepts and acknowledges the quality education that should be provided in sign language, services available in sign language and access to sign language. It is a cultural goal of people across the world. They should also be treated as a part of the achievement to gain reorganization. The importance of sign language is worth learning.
Background of International Sign Language Day
the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), is the mother federation of 135 national associations of deaf people. The WFD proposed the celebration of the day to recognize the value of the different sign language used by deaf people across the world. Around 70 million deaf people are using sign language on a daily basis. The resolution sponsor was the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations. The mission was co-sponsored by 97 United Nations Member States. This came into being in 2017.
The commemoration day of WFD is dated 23rd September. The WFD came into being in 1951. It is important to protect the rights and opportunities of the people who are mute and deaf. They are being discriminated against on the basis of their physical disabilities. The birth date of the advocacy organization has also happened on the same day. The preservation of sign language is given priority. The conservation of sign language is part of the protection of human rights. The international Day of sign language was first celebrated in 2018. The first celebration was based on the international week of the deaf.
The international deaf week celebration happened in 1968. It was also held in September. The month of September is important for the organization of the deaf in many ways. It is inevitable to increase the awareness among the people about the problems of the deaf and also the issues that the dead’s language facing. The deaf people are struggling daily. It is inevitable to address the struggle of those people, Being deaf or mute is not the sole issue of a particular group of people. It should be recognized by the world. Learn to accept everyone, rather than discriminating against them.
Sign Language is for Everyone!
Sign languages can be used by everyone. Learn to understand the value of sign languages. The UN General assembly has set a fixed day for the celebration of the day. This year also September 23rd is regarded as a day for the celebration of sign languages and the protection of the rights of the deaf people. The formal sign language was created for the first time by Pedro Ponce de León. He was a 16th-century Spanish Benedictine monk.
Agendas of the international day of sign language
- Promotes the growth and development of the sign language
- Acceptance of sign language by everyone
- Recognition of sign language used in all walks of the life
- Protection of the sign languages from decay
- Protection of the rights of the people who are using sign languages
- Promote the teaching and learning of the sign languages
- Increase the number of sign language users
- Orient people on the significance of the sign languages
Events to be held during the International sign language day celebration.
- Create awareness among the people
- Poster competitions can be held in schools and colleges
- Organize campaigns to promote the protection of the linguistic identity of the people
- Orientation programs should be conducted
- Visit the institutions and organizations for the deaf
- Learn the sign language from them
- Understand their experience
- Share ideas and thoughts with them
- Accept deaf and mute as part of the society
- Stop discriminating against them.
International Day of Sign Languages Quotes
- “Human eyes are the sign language of the mind. In the event that you watch them cautiously, you can see reality played out, crude and unguarded”
- “The issue isn’t that the deaf doesn’t hear but its that the world chooses to ignore. This sign language day let’s learn how to communicate better”
- “Despite the fact that I’m not familiar with sign language by far, I could have a genuinely better than average discussion. Use sign language and spread the message”
The Bottom Line
It is no more regarded as a matter of shame to use sign language. Using sign language is part of the lives of many. The day can be used to hold campaigns, awareness programs and promotion program, orientation classes to teach the generation about the importance of using sign language. Sign language is used by many across the globe. Sign language should be given equals importance as that of the other languages. Teach the younger generation to enlighten their souls. Sign language has decade’s stories to recite. The linguistic identity needs to be protected at any cost. The international day of sign language is a better opportunity to save the rights of those people who are using sign language across the globe.