In 1958, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) launched the first International Week of the Deaf.
This year, the WFD is launching a Global Leaders Challenge! Thier website explains “This challenge aims to promote the use of sign languages by local, national, and global leaders in partnership with national associations of deaf people in each country, as well as other deaf-led organisations. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September each year to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. International Week of the Deaf is celebrated through various activities by the respective Deaf Communities worldwide.
The activities call for participation and involvements of various stakeholders including families, peers, Governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters and Organisations of persons with disabilities.”
To learn more about this year’s International Week of the Deaf focus visit https://wfdeaf.org/iwdeaf2020/. The website highlights further information on WFD’s International Week of the Deaf as well as details on past themes.