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Introduction

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.

NWDP THEME FOR 2021

Celebrating thriving Deaf Communities’

National Week of Deaf People Theme:
Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities
20-26 September 2021
International Day of Sign Languages Theme:
We Sign for Human Rights
23 September 2021 

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