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International Week of Deaf People 2022

Every year, the full week ending on the last Sunday of September is observed as the International Week of the Deaf (IWD) across the world. In 2022, (International Week of Deaf People ) IWD will be celebrated from September 19 to 25 September 2022. World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) started this initiative and launched it in 1958 in Rome, Italy to mark the month when the first World Congress of the WFD was held.

  • The theme of the 2022 International Week of Deaf People is “Building Inclusive Communities for All”.
  • The main purpose of the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) is to raise awareness of sign languages and strengthen their status of sign languages.

International Week of Deaf People 2022: 19 to 25 September 2022 – Themes

DAY & DATETHEME 2022
Monday 19 September 2022Sign Languages in Education
Tuesday 20 September 2022Sustainable economic opportunities for deaf people
Wednesday 21 September 2022Health for All
Thursday 22 September 2022Safeguarding deaf people in times of crisis
Friday 23 September 2022Sign Languages Unite Us!
Saturday 24 September 2022Intersectional Deaf Communities
Sunday 25 September 2022Deaf Leadership for Tomorrow

International Week of the Deaf 2022: History

  • UN General Assembly designated the day of 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) on 19 December 2017 and passed a resolution through the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, following an original request by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).
  • The Date of 23 September also marks the date the WFD was established in 1951.

International Week of the Deaf 2022: FAQs

What is the theme of 2022 deaf awareness?

The theme of the 2022 International Week of Deaf People is “Building Inclusive Communities for All”.

Why do we celebrate World’s Deaf Day?

In 2022, IWD is being observed from September 19 to 25 September 2022 to commemorate the month when the first World Congress of the WFD was held.

What are the messages during deaf awareness Week?

IDSL aims to raise awareness of sign languages and strengthen their status of sign languages.

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