"The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) first launched International Day of the Deaf in 1958; the "day" was later extended to "week." The International Week of the Deaf is observed annually during the last full week of September. The week culminates with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of the week."
The purpose of the International Deaf Week and International Deaf Day is to draw the attention of politicians, authorities and the general public to the achievements of Deaf people and the concerns of the Deaf community. During this week, organisations of Deaf people worldwide are encouraged to carry out information campaigns about their work, and to publicise their demands and requests. This week also increases solidarity among Deaf people and their supporters, and is used as a time to stimulate greater efforts to promote the rights of Deaf people throughout the world.
A performance art "Barbwire and Bloodstain of Word" or poetic performance was presented on the International Day of Sign Language Rights on 28 September 2007 in Canada.
World Federation of the Deaf. Fact Sheet. www.wfdeaf.org
Also see World Federation of the Deaf.
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