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This week is very special because it marks a worldwide celebration of Deaf people, our culture, our language, and our achievements. “International Week of the Deaf” (IWDeaf) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) that was launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy, to promote solidarity among deaf people and our supporters, and provides an opportunity to stimulate greater efforts to promote the global rights of deaf people.
IWDeaf includes today, the third annual International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL). IDSL is observed every year on September 23, This year’s theme is “Sign Languages are for Everyone!” In 2018, the United Nations affirmed the World Federation of the Deaf’s proposal to inaugurate the International Day of Sign Languages, recognizing the important role that sign languages play in social, cultural, economic, and political life.
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages. Sign languages are fully-fledged natural languages, structurally distinct from spoken languages.
Gallaudet University is proud to support the mission of the World Federation of the Deaf, and joins the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Sign Languages! #IDSignLanguages #IWDeaf
Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...
Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement. During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...
Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...
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