On Thursday, November 16th, at the United Nations, a resolution was proposed that would recognize September 23rd as a day to celebrate the International Day for Sign Languages. It recognizes that multilingualism is important to achieve the goals of the United Nations and this includes signed languages used around the world.
Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly announced that the new International Day for Sign Languages will take place on September 23rd every year. 2018 will officially be the first year that this day is celebrated. The date of September 23rd was specifically chosen because the World Federation of the Deaf was established on that day in 1951.
The resolution was proposed and supported by an organization called “Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN”. The original request to pass this resolution came from the World Federation of the Deaf to promote inclusion of the signing community.