International Day of Sign Language Rights

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International Day of Sign Language Rights

September 21, 2010

FIVE POINTS:

  1. Recognizing and promoting the use of Sign languages (ASL and LSQ) including recognition of and respect for Deaf culture and identity;
  2. 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
  3. Providing live assistance, including professional Sign language interpreters, to facilitate accessibility to meetings, services, education, and businesses that are all open to the general Canadian public;
  4. Hiring of teachers, including Deaf teachers, who are qualified in Sign language and training of professionals and staff who work at all levels of education for the Deaf
  5. Implementing Video Relay Services (VRS) to ensure wider and more public accessibility to other telecommunication technologies and internet assisted interpreting services to all Deaf Canadians and the general population.