2016 International Week of the Deaf

International Week of the Deaf was first recognized and celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. The purpose of the International Week of the Deaf is to promote the human rights of Deaf people in Canada and around the world towards to the politicians, authorities and the general public for our achievement of Deaf people and our concerns and issues in Deaf community across Canada.

The International Week of the Deaf is slated to schedule during the last week of September 19-25, 2016, and the World Federation of the Deaf has announced the theme for the 2016 International Week of the Deaf: “With Sign Language, I am Equal.” The year 2016-2017 includes key milestones, as we will: 1) celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the World Federation of the Deaf; 2) commemorate the 10th year Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD); and 3) acknowledge the recent adoption of the UN’s 2030 Agenda of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

A full summary of WFD’s Campaign Key Messages can be found at https://wfdeaf.org/news/iwd-2016-will-take-place-theme-sign-language-equal-19-25-september

Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) announces the 5 key points to address, in connection to the WFD theme, to ensure an inclusive and accessible Canada for Deaf people with the principle of basic human rights in Sign languages and Accessibility:

The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC), the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD), Association québécoise des interprètes en langues des signes (AQILS) and the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) are jointly pleased to endorse activities promoting the International Week of the Deaf, September 19 – 25, 2016 for these events across Canada that will strive to promote the rights of Deaf people and highlight human rights issues on Sign languages and accessibility:

Below, you will find a list of various activities undertaken in each province that organizes 2016 International Week of Deaf: