International Sign Language Day

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International Sign Language Day is observed every year on 23 September to raise awareness about the importance of sign language.


  • It is a day to raise awareness of the sign languages that are recognised for the human rights of deaf people.
  • The day provides support for linguistic identity and cultural diversity for all peoples who interact with each other through sign languages.

  • People who cannot hear or talk, there are many problems associated with them.

  • The theme of this year's Sign Language Day-2022 - “Sign Languages Unite us”.

  • Sign languages are efficient natural languages that are structurally different from day-to-day spoken language.

  • According to the statistics of the World Federation of the Deaf, there are more than 70 million deaf people worldwide.


Background of the day :

  • The proposal to celebrate this day was proposed by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), a federation of 135 national associations of deaf people.

  • The proposal was adopted unanimously on 19 December 2017.

  • The first 'International Sign Language Day' was organised globally in the year 2018.

  • The World Federation of the Deaf was established on 23 September 1951.

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