Sign Language Network update

23 September is UN's International Day of Sign Languages, and AIIC's Sign Language Network is joining the celebration

International Day of Sign Languages - 23 September

In 2017 the United Nations declared that 23 September would be celebrated annually as the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL), as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf). This year—the first commemoration of IDSL—the day will launch the IWDeaf week under the theme ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’ AIIC’s Sign Language Network is showing its support by releasing a congratulatory video on the 23rd… watch this space to see the video!

To commemorate the IDSL, on 13 September the UNOG Division of conference management and the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Committee with the support of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) are hosting a day of awareness-raising activities at the UN in Geneva. The activities are coordinated by Rebecca Edgington, responsible for the sign language interpreter provision at UNOG. Activities include a pop-up sign language café, a sign language guided tour of the Palais des Nations, a screening of the Oscar-winning film “The Silent Child”, a Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities High-level Panel, and screenings of Nurith Aviv’s film “Signer en Langue

Photo credit: Maya de Wit

AIIC congratulates the World Federation of the Deaf and all those from the sign language community who have raised the profile of sign language and made this recognition a reality.

EFSLI 2018 Conference

From 14 to 16 September, delegates representing the AIIC Sign Language Network and the Committee on Admissions and Language Classification (CACL) will be participating in the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) AGM & Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The theme of the 2018 conference, co-hosted by Croatian Association of Sign Language Interpreters, is “Interpreting in Employment Settings: You are (f/h)ired!” Maya de Wit, representing AIIC, will be giving a presentation on Sunday 16 September, on the topic "Making it Work: Applying interpreters’ professional standards at high-level meetings".

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