International Day of Sign Languages
On 19 December 2017, the UN General Assembly declared 23 September as International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL). The resolution was proposed through the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, following an original request by the WFD. 97 UN Member States voted for adoption of the resolution as co-sponsors. The choice of 23 September commemorates the date the WFD was established in 1951.The objective of the IDSL is to raise awareness on sign languages and strengthen the status about sign languages. IDSL takes place on the last full week of September as part of the International Week of the Deaf.
International Week of the Deaf
In 1958, the first launched the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) in Rome, Italy. IWDeaf is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. IWDeaf is celebrated through various activities by respective Deaf Communities worldwide. These activities call for participation and involvement of various stakeholders including families, peers, governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters, and DPOs.