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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SIGN LANGUAGE

People with impaired or living with a form of disability often find it difficult to relate with others owing to the fact that they have to communicate using Sign Language.The United Nations General Assembly declared 23 September as International Day of Sign Languages. The resolution (A/C.3/72/L.36/Rev.1) was initially adopted by consensus during the 48th meeting of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, 16 November 2017 and officially adopted at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

 
signThe resolution was proposed, or sponsored, through the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, following an original request by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The WFD worked with its country members to garner support from their respective Permanent Missions to the United Nations, who have the power at the United Nations General Assembly to vote for adoption of the resolution as co-sponsors. The resolution was co-sponsored by 97 United Nations Member States and adopted by consensus.
 

Ambassador Walton Webson of the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations: ´This resolution is an important milestone in our international promise “to leave no one behind”. The acclimation of 23 September as the international day of sign languages is a significant step in the universalization of all communities to recognize the objectives set out in article 21 of the UNCRPD to meet our universal goal of inclusion. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is pleased to be part of this international day that will focus the world’s attention on the principles of the UNCRPD in calling for equality, especially in terms of accessibility, that allows an individual freedom of choice, dignity and independence of self without discrimination.´

The choice of 23 September commemorates the date that the WFD was established in 1951. This day marks the birth of an advocacy organisation, which has as one of its main goals, the preservation of sign languages and deaf culture as pre-requisites to the realization of the human rights of deaf people.

 

The first International Day of Sign Languages was celebrated yesterday, Sunday the 23rd of September 2018 as part of the International Week of the Deaf.
 
World Federation of the Deaf President Colin Allen: ‘This resolution recognizes the importance of sign language and services in sign language being available to deaf people as early in life as possible. It also emphasizes the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with Deaf Communities. With effect from year 2018, the WFD is overjoyed at the prospect of observing and celebrating this day annually.’
 
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For me I always support and advocate for social Inclusion of Impaired people, for them to be actively involved and included in social development project activities and programs. I experienced for the first time, a young interpreter who was present during the #YFarm Climate Resilient Bootcamp in Abuja where I was privileged to train on Business Development.
 

I therefore today encourage everyone to pick an interest in the learning of the Sign Language as this will foster rapid inclusion of these individuals in the society. I am also on course around this, I find it super exciting too!

Selah!

Chukukere Amarachi is an Artistic Nigerian Social Impact Advocate, Blogger, Communications & Media Enthusiast, Aspiring Social Entrepreneur and Trainer who promotes and believes in sustainable livelihoods for all. She seeks to inspires a global audience with her voice, business, community development projects and advocacy messages. Her Goal Building an enabling environment for great potentials to thrive. She can be really goofy and playful, is attracted to exotic dishes and locations and wouldn't mind owning a private jet, oh yeah! She's a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. For her people who cook, create, explore and travel have a spot in my heart ♥

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