MNI partner organizations celebrate the International Week of the Deaf and the International Day of Sign Languages! See some of the videos and other content they created below.
Nellie Zabel Foundation
The Nellie Zabel Foundation created a video in Chile sign language to celebrate International Day of Sign Languages! See the video at the top of this page. It has messages from Chilean Deaf people for Deaf people everywhere. Nellie Zabel also coordinated with Wenüi, a cross-disability organization in Chile, to organize a Sign Language Festival in Antofagasta, Chile. They offered activities such as karaoke, mimes, songs in Sign Language, and others.
They used the two posters shown here to publicize the event via Nellie Zabel Foundation’s Facebook page. In Spanish, both posters announce that the International Week of the Deaf is September 23 to 30 and announce the event in Antofagasta, Chile. Both posters also include this year’s theme for International Week of the Deaf, “With sign language, everyone is included!”. The poster on the right explains that in 2017, the United Nations established the International Day of Sign Languages to promote awareness about the human rights of Deaf people. The picture below shows a scene from their September 29th celebration. To see more pictures from Nellie Zabel Foundation’s event, visit their Facebook page!
Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf
Ghana National Association of the Deaf
By Richard Doku, President of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf Youth Section (GNAD-YS)
Over the past years, the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has used the International Week of the Deaf (IWD) as an opportunity to advocate for the rights of the Deaf. The celebrations of the IWD sometimes happen within the different regions of Ghana for people who cannot travel the distance to join the national rally. These moves show our enthusiasm for the event every year throughout Ghana.
However, this year IWD coincided with our 50th anniversary celebration which is a one year long activity all over the country. We have had press conferences and some one-on-one meetings with some stakeholders and government officials (to register our displeasure, lobby for more support, or advocate for issues pertaining to the live and development of the Deaf communities in the country). We have had board meetings and socialization activities to get our members together for fun and games for our 50th anniversary.
GNAD-YS board has not be an exception in these activities. We believe that though there is hope for a better tomorrow, together we can get there much earlier.
Below are a few of the many pictures available from GNAD 50th anniversary activities. The first is a picture of Richard Doku, GNAD-YS President, at a World Federation of the Deaf board meeting. The second, with people standing in rows, was taken at an inaugural event for the 50th anniversary celebrations with various stakeholders. The third was taken at a 50th anniversary social event in Accra, Ghana. And the fourth was taken at a soccer game during a 50th anniversary social event in Kumasi, Ghana.
Other IWDeaf and IDSL News!
The World Federation of the Deaf celebrated International Week of the Deaf 2018 and International Day of Sign Languages 2018 in Rome, Italy.
The National Federation of the Deaf Nepal translated the theme and messages of International Day of Sign Languages into Nepal Sign Language.
The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) made a video to congratulate the World Federation of the Deaf on the International Week of the Deaf.
Deaf South Africa made a live broadcast of their event celebrating the International Day of Sign Languages via Facebook.
TV Azteca Yucatán, a television station in Mexico, made a program about International Day of Sign Languages. An interpreter translated the program into Mexican Sign Language.