International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf)
is an initiative of the WFD and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. IWDeaf is celebrated through various activities by respective Deaf Communities worldwide. These activities call for participation and involvement of various stakeholders including families, peers, governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters, and DPOs.
International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL)
has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated annually on 23 September beginning in 2018. The objective of the IDSL is to raise awareness on sign languages and strengthen the status about sign languages. This event also will take place as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf), which is celebrated on the last full week of September.
The World Federation of the Deaf is a global organisation working to ensure equal rights for 70 million deaf people around the globe. To read about their work, please click here.
One of the many organisations working to support the rights of Deaf Children and Young Adults is Deaf Child Worldwide and you can also read about their work here.
An interesting account of the history of special education in the Philippines, starting with the establishment of a school for the Deaf and Blind can also be read here.
We would like to celebrate the life and achievement of Prof. Michael Ndurumo, a Professor of Psychology in Kenya, who is deaf. Please read his inspiring story here.
Did you know that Ludwig van Beethoven, the famous German composer, was deaf? His last words were reported to be, “I shall hear in heaven”. A long list of other notable Deaf people can be found here.
Finally, we would like to quote again from the World Federation of the Deaf:
70 million deaf people.
300+ sign languages.