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.


Building Inclusive Communities for All

19 - 25 September 2022
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 

Daily Themes

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

Monday, 19 September 2022 | Sign Languages in Education

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 | Sustainable economic opportunities for deaf people

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 | Health for All

Thursday, 22 September 2022 | Safeguarding deaf people in times of crisis

Friday, 23 September 2022 | Sign Languages Unite Us!

Saturday, 24 September 2022 | Intersectional Deaf Communities

Sunday, 25 September 2022 | Deaf Leadership for Tomorrow

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 

Deaf Festival in Brisbane, QLD
17-18 September 2022

Dot Shaw Young Writers Competition
Closing on 14 September 2022

36th Annual General Assembly
19 September 2022

Deaf Business Vodcast
20 September 2022

Deaf Mental Health Panel
21 September 2022

Webinar: Working with Interpreters by Gab Hodge & Dai O’Brien
22 September 2022

Virtual Event: Colin Allen AM Lecture
23 September 2022

Short Video Clip to reflect Intersectional Deaf Communities
24 September 2022

Deaf Leadership for Tomorrow.

Deaf Youth Australia representatives answered couple of questions before they head off to 5th WFDYS Children’s Camp in Uruguay.
25 September 2022

External Events & Resources

This section’s contents add from businesses and organisations that organise National Week of Deaf People related events
for their Deaf Community and/or create some fantastic resources.

Deaf Victoria

Expression Australia

Deaf Connect


You can catch up on the videos from 2021 below

You can catch up on the videos from 2021 below

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