To raise awareness about the significance of sign language, the International Day of Sign Languages is marked every year on September 23 . This day provides us with the opportunity to support the linguistic and cultural identity of deaf people and other individuals who use sign language.
The International Week of the Deaf was first celebrated in September 1958 and has since evolved into a global movement of deaf unity and concerted advocacy to raise awareness of the issues deaf people face in their everyday lives.
This year’s theme for the International Day of Sign Languages is “Sign Languages Unite Us!”
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are more than 70 million deaf people worldwide. More than 80% of them live in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.