Human rights of deaf people and their languages: Resources

The United Nations protects the human rights and promotes equality of deaf people and their signed languages under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

"Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."

"Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities." by World Federation of the Deaf.

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) advocates the rights of Deaf people especially in the areas of sign language, bilingual education, and accessibility including interpreting.

"Human Rights."

Human rights resources in the U.S.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against Americans with disabilities.

National Association of the Deaf. "American Sign Language."

Resources in Canada

Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) (work in progress, 2019)

Canadian Human Rights Commission. "Milestones of Human Rights in Canada."

The section 14 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Constitution Act (1982) states that:

(Interpreter) A party or witness in any proceedings who does not understand or speak the language in which the proceedings are conducted or who is deaf has the right to the assistance of an interpreter.

In the Eldridge Decision (1997), three appellants, Robin Eldridge and John and Linda Warren, all who are Deaf, were denied an interpreter service in a medical setting in British Columbia. They brought this case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

More information: "Disability and Health Care: The Eldridge Case."

Other human rights resources

The European Parliament approved on a resolution on sign language and sign language interpreters on 24 November 2016.

Related post: United Nations's declaration of human rights on sign language.

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