“Sign Languages Unite Us!”
Do you know how you can speak without talking?
Sign Language is an amazing tool that you can learn to communicate with others who are not able to or have difficulty speaking with their words! It is a great ability to know that even though someone, or yourself, cannot speak with verbal words, there are still ways you can talk to others and engage in conversations and make relationships!
September 19 – 25, 2022 is International Week of Deaf People
The World Federation of the Deaf has set each day during this week with a ‘theme’ for the day.
Monday 09-19: Sign Languages in Education
Tuesday 09-20: Sustainable Economic Opportunities for Deaf People
Wednesday 09-21: Health for All
Thursday 09-22: Safeguarding Deaf People in Time of Crisis
Friday 09-23: Sign Languages Unite Us!
Saturday 09-24: Intersectional Deaf Communities
Sunday 09-25: Deaf Leadership for Tomorrow
The UN General Assembly had proclaimed September 23rd as the international Day of Sign Languages to help raise awareness of the importance of sign language and the full scope of human rights of people whom are deaf.
The first International Day of Sign Languages was celebrated in 2018 under the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is included!”
Did you know there is more than one kind of Sign Language?
Knowing what kind of sign language it is that you want to learn is important. It can be based off of where you live and the spoken verbal language in your area. In general, there are three sections sign language can be grouped by that are:
- Deaf Sign Language – this is the preferred language of Deaf communities around the world which include village sign languages, being shared with the hearing community, and Deaf-Community Sign Languages.
- Auxiliary Sign Language -this is Sign systems used together with spoken words.
- Signed Modes of Spoken Languages – or also meaning coded languages which is used to bring the gap together of both signed and spoken languages.
Are you wondering how you can learn sign language? It is easier than you think! You can find local organizations in your area that offer lessons, check online for free resources, you can even ask someone you may know who already utilizes sign language.
Check out this website that gives you 10 easy ways to learn sign language!!