International Week of the Deaf
Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch
The International Week of the Deaf takes place between September 18th and September 24th, 2017. The International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually in September by the global Deaf Community 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 the respective Deaf Communities worldwide.
The theme for the 2017 International Week of the Deaf is “Full Inclusion with Sign Language!” The theme describes that full inclusion of people who are Deaf is possible when sign language is recognized and used widely within our society. A full summary of the WFD’s key campaign messages can be found at https://wfdeaf.org/iwd2017-full-inclusion-with-sign-language/.