NWDP 2023

It's over but you can see the past events here


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 Australian Deaf community, which includes celebrating the International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) and International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) which are initiatives of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). These two events are traditionally held during September and are based on the founding date of the WFD (23 September 1951). is an opportunity for Deaf people to celebrate their communities, language, culture and history; make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities; and to recognise their achievements

It is also an opportunity for organisations involved with or wishing to be involved with the Deaf Community to build and maintain relationships with Deaf people and be recognised as an ally to the Deaf community.


A World Where Deaf People Can Sign Anywhere

18 - 24 September 2023

Daily Themes

We adopt the World Federation of the Deaf’s daily themes for the International Week of Deaf People.

Monday, 18 September 2023 | Declaration of the Rights of the Deaf Child

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 | Building Capacity Across the Globe

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 | Realising “Nothing Without Us”

Thursday, 21 September 2023 | Putting Deaf People on the Agenda

Friday, 22 September 2023 | Achieving Sign Language Rights for All

Saturday, 23 September 2023 | International Day of Sign Languages: A World Where Deaf People Everywhere Can Sign Anywhere

Sunday, 24 September 2023 | Building Inclusive Deaf Communities

Download Logos

There are some logos available for you to download and use them to promote the wonderful event in order to celebrate our language and culture. 


Deaf Australia will organise some exciting events and participate in others, you are welcome to join us or share information with your networks.

Previous years' videos and work

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