2013 International Week of the Deaf

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International Week of the Deaf

September 9, 2013

International Week of the Deaf presents an opportunity to celebrate human rights and sign language to highlight specific issues, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere in Canada.

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.

This year, the theme of the World Federation of the Deaf announces Equality for Deaf People that celebrate the linguistic, artistic, social, political and cultural contributions and accomplishments of Deaf people.

We, the Canadian Association of the Deaf, would like to announce 3 points for this year on the International Week of the Deaf from September 21-29, 2013:

1. Social Rights: Deaf Education

a. Affirm the rights of Deaf children to Sign Language in education.
b. Promote qualified professionals at all levels of education with better strategies for hiring teachers, interpreters, and educators who will protect Deaf culture and Sign Languages.
c. Protect the rights of Deaf children in early intervention programs for language acquisition.

2. Political and Cultural Rights: Human Rights for All

a. Promotion of inclusion and participation on each Deaf individual including women, youth, seniors, indigenous people, sexual and gender identities, ethnics groups, and marginalized to make their voices heard in Sign languages (ASL and LSQ) in public life, including the political decision-making process.
b. Empower each Deaf individual to become future leaders in the Deaf community with their own accomplishments.
c. Encourage each individual to advocate for various issues affecting Deaf people such as employment, medical, social services, and others.

3. Linguistic Rights: Sign Languages (ASL and LSQ)

a. Advocate the Government of Canada to grant an official recognition to Sign Languages (ASL and LSQ) as a civil, human and linguistic right;
b. Promote language and education policies that support equal funding, equal access, and equal promotion for Sign languages among children.
c. Support the right of Deaf Canadians to Sign Language access to technology, information, entertainment, services, governance, and all other aspects of daily life.

Below, you will find a list of various activities undertaken in each province that organizes International Week of Deaf 2013: