China has joined 97 other countries to co-sponsor a resolution at the United Nations declaring 23 September as International Day of Sign Languages. The resolution was adopted by acclamation by the General Assembly, and the first official International Day of Sign Languages will be celebrated on 23 September 2018. The UN resolution, co-sponsored by China, states that “sign languages are equal to spoken languages and that member states undertake to recognize, accept and promote the use of sign languages”.
SHIDFF deliberately chose 21-23 September to hold China’s first deaf-led international film and art festival in Shanghai to correspond with the World Federation of the Deaf’s annual celebration of the International Week of the Deaf. Now with the 23rd September 2018 declared as the inaugural International Day of Sign Languages, SHIDFF is even more thrilled to be part of this world-wide event.
Click here to learn more about the World Federation of the Deaf and the International Day of Sign Languages. The China Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing under the umbrella of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation is a member of WFD “which has as one of its main goals, the preservation of sign languages and deaf culture as pre-requisites to the realization of the human rights of deaf people. “
Come join us at SHIDFF to celebrate the International Week of the Deaf and the International Day of Sign Languages!