Human rights of deaf people and their languages

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).

"Access to language is a human right." -- National Association of the Deaf, U.S.

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.

Resources

National Association of the Deaf. "American Sign Language." http://www.nad.org/issues/american-sign-language

United Nations. "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities." United Nations. http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml

United Nations. "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities." World Federation of the Deaf. http://wfdeaf.org/human-rights/crpd

World Federation of the Deaf. "Human Rights." http://wfdeaf.org/human-rights

Human rights resources in the U.S.

National Association of the Deaf. "American Sign Language." http://www.nad.org/issues/american-sign-language

Resources in Canada

Canadian Human Rights Commission. "Milestones of Human Rights in Canada." http://www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/eng/content/milestones-human-rights-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." http://publications.gc.ca/Collection-R/LoPBdP/EB/prb012-e.htm

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