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September 23 is International Day of Sign Languages, according to the United Nations calendar of commemorations and mobilization.
In fact, the UN General Assembly declared September 23 as the International Day of Sign Languages in recognition of:
- the crucial roles that sign languages play in “leaving no one behind”, per the UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 10;
- the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 13, 2006,
- the Deaf Communities’ principle of “nothing about us without us”, and
- the fact that sign languages are “fully fledged natural languages, structurally distinct from spoken languages, alongside which they coexist”
and more. [UN Res. 61/73],
Below, a message focused on “leaving no one behind”, on the occasion of the International Day of Sign Languages from Nyle DiMarco, Disability Advocate, famous Deaf model, dancer and educator.
UN International Day of Sign Languages September 23, 2023.