September 23 was declared the International Day of Sign Languages by the UN General Assembly in December 2017 with the goal of raising awareness of sign languages and strengthen the status about sign languages.   This international day of recognition encourages equality in society and helps to make sign languages more accessible and supported.  The International Week of the Deaf was first recognized in Rome, Italy in 1958. It is celebrated annually during the last full week of September.  You can help spread awareness of Deaf culture and sign languages by letting your colleagues know about the cause or teaching/taking a sign language course.

This year’s theme, set by The World Federation of the Deaf is ‘Sign Language Rights for All!’  Go to for more information on 2019’s celebration.