The World Deaf Day is celebrated each year during the last Sunday of September. It aims to draw the attention of the general public as well as politicians and development authorities towards the capabilities and achievements of the deaf people and also awareness on the existence and purpose of the deaf community. To celebrate this event, people all over the world give dedication to deaf people for being able to live in this world despite their limitations.
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About World Deaf Day
The World Dead Day is where deaf people celebrate their existence and their ability to endure a lot of hardships in their lives despite being limited in terms of hearing. Imagine being deaf, wherein you cannot hear anything. You cannot hear what people say and you cannot hear the sounds around you. It is indeed a difficult life. But deaf people endure all those. Hence, they deserve recognition, which is the main priority of this day of celebration. Apart from that, this day also aims to raise awareness on the right of deaf people and how equal opportunities should be given to them, the same as people who are not deaf.
We can make a good guess as to who started this event – perhaps some people thought that deaf people deserve to be recognized. They are as equally as talented as regular persons. In fact, we have lots of famous people who have achieved significant feats in their lives despite of being deaf.
For one we have Helen Keller, one of the greatest American authors of all time. Apart from being deaf, she was also blind. Apart from being a prominent author, Keller is also a political activist and a lecturer.
We also have a man named Granville Richard Seymour Redmond who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 1871. He became deaf due to scarlet fever when he was only a child. Despite of this, he got education in a special school. He learned to draw, paint, and to pantomime in the California School of Design in San Francisco. He was a very talented person.
These people are good examples of showing that disability is not a hindrance towards success in life. Hence, we honor them during the World Deaf Day. But not only these famous people. We also dedicate this important day of celebration to all the deaf people in the world.
This holiday is always celebrated on the last Sunday of September each year. This means that the upcoming World Deaf Day 2019 will be held on Sunday, 29 September. And next year in 2020, people will be celebrating this same holiday on Sunday, 27 September, 2020.
The following are the objectives of the World Deaf Day:
- To make people understand the problems of dead people all over the world.
- To motivate deaf people to learn sign language as well as to educate the general public about sign language so that everyone can better understand and communicate with each other.
- To expand the opportunities available to deaf people in the community.
- To promote the rights of deaf people as well as for them to have equal access to modern technologies and education.
The following are the main reasons why you should participate in the celebration of the World Deaf Day:
To Give Honor to Deaf People
One good reason why you should celebrate this holiday is to give honor to deaf people. As mentioned above, deaf people have endured a lot of hardships in their lives. But despite of that, they continue to live on and make contributions in the world we live in. They may even become better than people who have no disabilities. They thrive in this world and they are important to us as well. Hence, you should celebrate this day to pay your respects to deaf people all over the world.
To Become Aware of the Causes of Being Deaf
Awareness campaigns are also held during this day. These campaigns disseminate information about the cases of deafness as well as the things that deaf people experience. It would be good to know these kinds of important information. Hence, this is another reason why you should participate in the celebration of the World Deaf Day.
Celebrations & Activity Ideas
The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of this holiday as best as it can be:
Give Gifts to Deaf You Know
If you have a friend or a family member who is deaf, then this day must be celebrated by you by giving them a gift of appreciation. It may be a tangible gift showing that you honor them or you can just give a letter you sincerely wrote telling them that you are glad to have them as part of your life.
Volunteer in Events for Deaf People
This day involves some events for deaf people. If you have time, you might want to volunteer in such events. This is a good way of showing your appreciation to deaf people all over the world.
Participate in Campaigns and Activities for Deaf People
There are also campaigns held for deaf people. It would be good to join these kinds of activities and let people know that you care for the deaf and you fight for their rights as well.
Learn the Sign Language
You can also try to learn sign language during this day. Of course it takes time to learn sign language. But you can consider this day as your first day of learning the language. In no time, you will be able to communicate with deaf people using this language.
Celebrate On Social Media
You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #WorldDeafDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this day.
- “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” by Mark Twain
- “I was born deaf. I was raised in a hearing world and in a deaf world at the same time. I can’t say that I like one better than I like the other. I like them both. I speak pretty well; I gesture. If I don’t understand something, you know, pen and paper, texting. I use it all” by Sean Berdy
- “My message to my deaf community is that we can redefine anything however we want. Anything is re-definable only if we believe and work hard for it” by Nyle DiMarco
- “I think the biggest misconception is that people think deaf people are not able to do things ” by Nyle DiMarco