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International Day of Sign Languages: 23 September

Published on September 25, 2018
International Day of Sign Languages was celebrated across the world on 23 September along with International Week of the Deaf.
  • This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.
  • This year it was the first International Day of Sign Languages.
  • Its theme was "With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!"

Details:

  • International Day of Sign Languages was proposed by World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), a federation of 135 national associations of deaf people, representing around 70 million deaf people's human rights worldwide.
  • Later, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) instituted this day by adopting resolution A/RES/72/161 in December 2017.
  • The choice of 23 September commemorates date of establishment of WFD in 1951.
  • International Week of the Deaf was first celebrated in September 1958.
  • According to WFD, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide.
  • More than 80% of them live in developing countries.
  • Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.

Question:

Q. When was the International Day of Sign Languages celebrated across the world along with International Week of the Deaf?
a. 21 September
b. 22 September
c. 23 Septemberd. 24 September
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