International Week of the Deaf: September 26, 2020
Today's theme: Deaf Leadership
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“Nothing about us without us” or “Of For and By the Deaf”
Deaf people know better than anyone what we need and how to achieve our goals. Deaf people have organized and advocated for our rights for over two centuries, and Deaf Communities throughout the world are part of an expansive interlocking network of local, regional, national and global organizations which seek to promote human rights through sign languages.
This network of deaf-led organizations across the globe shows the importance of deaf organizations leading the way for equal access for all. It is important to provide sufficient funding, capacity building, and empowerment to deaf organizations to ensure they are able to exercise their leadership and advisory roles. These organizations must promote inclusive and intersectional values, ensuring the views of all members of our diverse deaf communities are part of our advocacy work.
Yet, to be able to receive adequate and meaningful funding in accordance with the reality of the situation faced by deaf people, it is necessary to provide quality, harmonized and reliable data on deaf people disaggregated by gender, age, education, sign language proficiency, disability and employment.
It is only through sign languages that deaf people are able to stand firm and achieve their human rights.
International Week of the Deaf: September 25, 2020
Today's theme: Equal Opportunities for All Deaf People
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We support full inclusion and equal opportunities for all deaf people through sign language interpreters in every area of life for equal access.
An inclusive employment environment in sign language is the cornerstone that enables deaf people to thrive and reach their full potential in order to maximize their participation and contribution to society. This inclusion and participation in society is underpinned by qualified and accredited sign languages interpreters. Therefore, sign language training programs need to be established and developed with the leadership of deaf people through their representative organizations.
Equal opportunities for all deaf people mean for all underrepresented groups of deaf people as well, including deaf women. Deaf women and girls are under-represented and are at risk of facing intersectional discrimination due to their gender, disability and linguistic minority status. Therefore, everyone - including representative organizations of deaf people - must pay attention to the specific situation of deaf women and implement precise measures to safeguard gender equality, diversity and equal participation in all decision-making processes in their society and within their organizations.
This year’s Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire lack of access of deaf people to life-saving public health information in their national sign languages. Furthermore, sexual and reproductive health care, as well as health prevention programmes including psychiatric care and psychotherapy must be accessible to deaf people in their national sign languages. Access to health services is not only about Deaf Communities. This access ensures the health of all communities.
Census Series Part One: “Who is required to respond?”
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Tip / Fact: Everyone living in the United States and five territories is required by law to be counted in the Census 2020. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. Census Takers have begun doing the home visiting to gather information for those who have not responded to Census’ mail form, phone calls or fill out via Census website to submit the information.
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Disclaimer: How to identify false census taker and what information to not share]
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International Week of the Deaf: September 24, 2020
Today's theme: Legal Recognition of Sign Languages
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Sign language recognition campaigns have been the core advocacy work of numerous deaf organizations and associations. Those organizations have worked in partnership with deaf activists and the academic community with the common goal of reaching the legal recognition of their national sign languages!
The legal recognition of national sign languages is the first step in the path toward achieving human rights for deaf people. This recognition can give instrumental rights to deaf people and compel obligations from national governments.
Through sign language legislation, deaf people can be entitled to claim access to all areas of life in their national sign language and benefit from equal opportunities. Therefore, governments have the legal obligation to ensure recognition as the first step to the inclusion of deaf people and sign languages into their societies. Sign language legislation can enable the realization of the most fundamental rights of deaf people, the rights to access all areas of society on an equal footing with others, through sign language.