International Week of the Deaf

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IWD 2017

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 18-24, 2017. The World Federation of the Deaf has announced the theme for the 2017 International Week of the Deaf as “Full Inclusion with Sign Language!” The theme describes that full inclusion of Deaf people is possible when Sign language is recognized and used widely within our society. Without the actual recognition, facilitation and promotion of Sign language, the rights outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recently adopted United Nations 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals cannot be fully achieved.

A full summary of the WFD’s Key Campaign Messages can be found at https://wfdeaf.org/iwd2017-full-inclusion-with-sign-language/

Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) announces campaign key messages 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 18 – 24, 2017 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 2017 International Week of Deaf:

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