There are around 72 million deaf people in the world, and over 300 different sign languages are used by them.

 International Day of Sign Languages is watched every year on September 23, alongside the festivals of International Week of the Deaf. It was first celebrated in 1958 and has since advanced into a worldwide development for hard of hearing solidarity, one that centers around bringing issues to light about the significance of gesture based communication as a methods for correspondence and in ‘full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf,’ as per the United Nations. 

The World Federation of the Deaf originally made the proposition during the current day on December 19, 2017. September 23 is in itself a huge date as it denotes the day the World Federation of the Deaf was first settled in 1951. This day is especially huge as it presents the chance to ‘support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.’ According to information gathered by the World Federation of the Deaf, there are near 72 million hard of hearing individuals on the planet, and over 300 distinctive gesture based communications are utilized by them.

Despite the fact that generally, gesture based communications fundamentally vary from communicated in language, they are undeniable regular dialects, even in its numerous structures. On a worldwide scale, there is a global communication via gestures which is utilized for legitimate gathering or in any event, when casually voyaging and mingling.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, recognizes and energizes the utilization of gesture based communication. It likewise perceives that gesture based communications are equivalent in status to communicated in dialects. Early admittance to gesture based communication, similar to quality training accessible in communication via gestures is basic to the development and advancement of hard of hearing people. As per the United Nations, “It recognises the importance of preserving sign languages as a part of linguistic and cultural diversity.”

For the year 2020, the World Federation of the Deaf has given a ‘Global Leaders Challenge’, which is being composed to advance the utilization of gesture based communication by local people, public and worldwide pioneers who are in organizations with public relationship of hard of hearing individuals in every nation.

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