The International Day of Sign Languages 2021 Celebration Event will be held in Asia and Oceania.

The International Day of Sign Languages 2021 celebration event will be streamed online due to Covid-19. We are looking forward to seeing many people.

International Day of Sign Languages 2021
Celebration Event: Outline

Objectives Address the establishment of sign language acts in Asia Pacific region, by sharing ideas and opinions about sign languages and accessibility in Asia Pacific region, and by informing wide range of audiences of the principle of “sign language as language” and good practices of information.
Organizers World Federation of the Deaf Regional Secretariat of Asia (WFDRSA), World Federation of the Deaf Regional Secretariat for Oceania (WFDRSO), Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD)
Cooperation United Nations, United Nations Information Center
Date Thursday, September 23, 2021 (autumnal equinox day/ national holiday of Japan), 13:00-14:30
Place Broadcasted by YouTube (pre-recorded)
* Videos will be viewable from 13:00 September 23.

Viewer limit None (anyone can access)
Participation fee Free
Communication International sign, subtitles in English
Program

Opening remark

  • Ms. U Ka WENG, Clarissa, Director, WFDRSA
  • Mr. Krishneer SEN, Chairperson, WFDRSO
  • Mr. Fujisaburo ISHINO, President, JFD

Introduction of daily themes of International Week of Deaf People

  • Management Committee of WFDRSA

Congratulatory video message

  • Dr. Srinivas Tata Director of Social Development Division
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Panel discussion: Sign languages around the world and accessibility

  • Coordinator:
    • Mr. Yasunori SHIMAMOTO, Deputy Director, WFDRSA
  • Panelists:
    • Mr. Oliver FURGUSON, former President, Deaf Aotearoa, New Zealand
    • Mr. Kang CHEN, former President, International Committee of the Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)
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