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International Week of the Deaf: September 26, 2020

Today’s theme: Deaf Leadership

[Video Description: This vlog by Liann, an African American female, is wearing a black shirt. Behind her is a blue background.]

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“Nothing about us without us” or “Of For and By the Deaf”

Deaf people know better than anyone what we need and how to achieve our goals. Deaf people have organized and advocated for our rights for over two centuries, and Deaf Communities throughout the world are part of an expansive interlocking network of local, regional, national and global organizations which seek to promote human rights through sign languages.

This network of deaf-led organizations across the globe shows the importance of deaf organizations leading the way for equal access for all. It is important to provide sufficient funding, capacity building, and empowerment to deaf organizations to ensure they are able to exercise their leadership and advisory roles. These organizations must promote inclusive and intersectional values, ensuring the views of all members of our diverse deaf communities are part of our advocacy work.

Yet, to be able to receive adequate and meaningful funding in accordance with the reality of the situation faced by deaf people, it is necessary to provide quality, harmonized and reliable data on deaf people disaggregated by gender, age, education, sign language proficiency, disability and employment.

It is only through sign languages that deaf people are able to stand firm and achieve their human rights.

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#DCARA #IWDeaf #SLEveryone #DeafAwareness

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