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European Union language policy: Includes deaf, sign language

The European Union (EU) language policy protects deaf people’s right to accessible communication. This can be in sign interpretation.
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The European Union (EU) language policy protects deaf people’s right to accessible communication. It also protects the same rights for deafblind and hard of hearing people. For example, the European Parliament says deaf people must have access to information. They say this access can be in sign language interpretation. Or information access can also be in subtitling, speech-to-text, or other communication.

Meanwhile, a EU program, Erasmus, funds many projects that support teaching sign languages. The European Union language policy also encourages European citizens to learn three languages.

But another related policy does not mention deaf people or sign language. The other related policy is the European Union communication policy.

Also learn about other laws and policies that affect deaf people around the world.

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