BRIEF HISTORY OF NATIONAL WEEK OF DEAF PEOPLE
The International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) an International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) are an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). These two events are traditionally held during September and are based on the founding dates of the WFD (23 September 1951). International Day of Sign Languages has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrated annually on 23 September beginning in 2018. Until 2018, Deaf Australia has moved the National Week of Deaf People to coincide with the WFD’s IWDP and the IDSL. Previously, the NWDP was held on the 3rd week of October of each year.
WHAT IS NATIONAL WEEK OF DEAF PEOPLE?
The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Deaf Australian community.
It is an opportunity for Deaf people to:
- Celebrate their community, language, culture and history
- Make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities o Recognise their achievements It is also an opportunity for organisations involved with, or wishing to be involved with the Deaf Community to:
- Showcase their services and/or products
- Build/maintain relationships with Deaf People
- Be recognised for giving Deaf people a fair go
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