The World Federation of the Deaf declares every last full week of September as the “International Week of the Deaf”. This year’s calendar falls on September 21 – 27.
Their official website states that,
The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community during the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. The International Week of the Deaf is celebrated through various activities by Deaf Communities all around the world. These activities and events welcome the participation of all members of deaf communities, which include families of deaf people, professional and accredited sign language interpreters, peers, as well as the involvement of various stakeholders such as national governments, national and international human rights organizations, and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities.*
This year’s theme is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights“. The federation wants all stakeholders to unite in endorsing the need to secure and promote human rights of deaf people. As one of the members of the international organization, the Philippine Federation of the Deaf also celebrates this event although this year, most of the activities are done online due to the ongoing pandemic.
So from this humble blogger to all of my readers, “Happy International Week of the Deaf!”