The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is proud to announce this Celebration of the 2019 International Week of Deaf People and International Day of Sign Languages!

In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution A/C.3/72/L.36/Rev.1 recognising 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), being part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf). The objective of the IDSL is to raise awareness on sign languages and strengthen the status of sign languages. This event also will take place as part of the IWDeaf, which is celebrated annually during the last full week of September.

The IWDeaf is an initiative of the WFD that was first launched in September 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community to commemorate the same month in which the first World Congress of the WFD was held.

The theme of the 2019 IWDeaf is Sign Language Rights for All!

The hashtags are #IDSL2019 #IWDeaf2019

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