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International Day of Sign Languages Webinar: Research, Teaching, and Advocacy in 6 Countries (Wednesday, September 23, 2020)

Announcing the School of Language, Education, and Society’s webinar celebrating the International Day of Sign languages--to take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 10am to 11:30am EST. The event will be moderated and led by Gallaudet University graduate students and alumni from the Department of Interpretation and Translation, the Department of Linguistics, The MA Program in International Development, and the MA Program in Sign Language Education who will present on their work with sign languages from their home countries of Argentina, Canada, Iran, Mexico, the Philippines, and Viet Nam.

In 2018 the United Nations affirmed the World Federation of the Deaf’s proposal to inaugurate the International Day of Sign Languages, recognizing the important role that sign languages play in social, cultural, economic, and political life. Formal disciplines devoted to sign language research, teaching, and advocacy have been in existence for decades, yet this information remains underrepresented and less known outside of academic spaces. Marking the 3rd annual International Day of Sign Languages, panelists’ presentations demonstrate how their work with signing communities illuminates understanding of sign languages, as well as the rich diversity of cultural experiences, perspectives, identities, and leadership of deaf people around the world.


  • Raphael Domingo - Filipino Sign Language

  • Alice Dulude - Langue des signes du québécoise

  • Ardavan Guity - Iranian Sign Language

  • Johanna Katz-Searls - Lengua de Señas Argentina

  • Armando Castro Osnaya - Lengua de Señas Mexicana

  • Nguyễn Trần Thủy Tiên - Hồ Chí Minh Sign Language

Registration by Sept 22, 2020 EST at 12pm noon at:

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