2012 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SIGN LANGUAGE RIGHTS – SIX POINTS

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2012 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SIGN LANGUAGE RIGHTS – SIX POINTS
May 29, 2012

2012 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SIGN LANGUAGE RIGHTS

SIX POINTS

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) recognizes national Sign Languages (ASL and LSQ) in Canada through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that supports on “recognizing and promoting the use of Sign languages” (Article 21, section e); and “facilitating the learning of Sign language and the promotion of linguistic identity of the Deaf community” (Article 24, section 3b), and the New Era Agreement of the International Congress of Educators of the Deaf document.

Therefore, we demand our rights on Deaf Education and a permanent national Video Relay Service (VRS) Service by 2013 for the next International Day of Sign Language Rights held on September 28-29, 2012:

Deaf Education:

Deaf children’s Rights to Sign languages

1. Respecting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Era Agreement of the International Congress of Educators of the Deaf, both of which affirm the right of Deaf children to Sign language in education and to their own Deaf schools;

Hiring of qualified professionals

2. Demand a better plan for hiring of teachers, including Deaf teachers, interpreters, and training of professionals at all levels of education who are qualified in Sign language (ASL and LSQ) for Deaf students across Canada; and

Early intervention programs

3. Recognizing and promoting early intervention programs in both national Sign languages (ASL & LSQ) and spoken languages (English & French) for language acquisition of Deaf children to a better future in education.

Permanent National VRS Service:

Telecommunication to Deaf Canadians

4. Respecting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which affirms the rights for a wider public accessibility to other telecommunication technologies to all Deaf Canadians and the general population;

National Video Relay Services (VRS)

5. Endorsing a national Video Relay Service (VRS) in both national Sign languages (ASL & LSQ) and spoken languages (English & French) as a basic linguistic human rights; and

Permanent VRS by 2013

6. Demand telecommunication service providers to implement a permanent national VRS service by 2013, not 2014 or later, to ensure a high-quality VRS service for the full participation in social, economic, political and cultural aspects of Deaf Canadians and general populations in Canada.