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Join us as we celebrate the International Week of Sign Language! #FullInclusionWithSignLanguage!

Info: https://wfdeaf.org/iwd2017-full-inclusion-with-sign-language/

VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: NAD President Melissa and WFD Vice President Joe stand next to each other facing the camera. There is a body of water in the background. The NAD logo appears on the bottom right as a watermark.

MELISSA: Hi, I’m Melissa, President of the NAD.

JOE: And I’m Joe Murray, Vice President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The NAD is my sponsor.

MELISSA: Joe, can you tell everyone what this video is about?

JOE: Of course! This week we celebrate the International Week of Sign Language which is led by WFD and has been for years for deaf communities around the world to participate.

MELISSA: This happens only once a year, so we hope you’ll celebrate with us no matter how often this week. You can celebrate by participating in a parade, host a children’s book reading session at a local library, meet up with friends at a deaf club, visit a classroom and share some fun facts, there are many possible ideas you can do this week.

JOE: The theme this year is “Full Inclusion with Sign Language!” Our community is much more enriched with sign language. We become true members of society through sign language. Deaf and hard of hearing children have a right to sign language and we should ensure that. With full access to language, they can be full members of society. Deaf and hard of hearing people are members of society, and even more so with access to language.

MELISSA: That’s right. You can join the celebration through different places such as colleges and universities, Government, your place of work, and more. Such opportunities are important especially when full access is provided. Another example of the importance of sign language is how some states submitted a bill that requires sign language access for a deaf and hard of hearing child so by the time the child turns five years old and begins school, the child is ready. Several states are working on that.

JOE: Deaf and hard of hearing children’s right to sign language is very important. This ties in with the theme this week and will be celebrated at WFD’s third International Conference in Budapest, Hungary during 8-10 November, 2017. Melissa, you’ll be going right?

MELISSA: I’ll be there!

JOE: Great.

MELISSA and JOE: Have a great week!

Video fades to a soft white background with several different font types showing “NAD” very quickly. Copyright video ends with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Blue text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2017 All Rights Reserved”.

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