The global population is increasingly ageing, and deaf people are a part of this trend. Some deaf senior citizens live in care centres and nursing homes where they can enjoy the companionship of other deaf people and with staff who use sign language. However, many others are isolated in places which do not provide services in sign language. As a result, deaf senior citizens do not benefit from their fundamental right to receive information and services in their national sign language. Truly inclusive environments for deaf seniors should ensure access to information and social settings in sign languages. Public authorities must ensure all information destined for senior deaf citizens is accessible in their national sign language and service providers have fluent sign language skills for deaf senior citizens to be given the same opportunities as others.

In some countries Deaf Seniors also have their own organizations and clubs. Are you a deaf senior citizen? Hold an event with other deaf senior citizens and celebrate our deaf heritage! And be sure to share these events on social media with the hashtags #IDSL2019 #IWDeaf2019.

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