The International Day of Sign Languages


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23rd September 2022 is celebrated as “The International Day of Sign Languages”. The World Health Organization estimates that five percent of the population in each nation suffers from some form of hearing impairment. Given that Pakistan is expected to have a total population of 200.81 million people at the present time, this indicates that the country is home to around 10 million people who are hard of hearing. There are more than 70 million persons who are hard of hearing across the globe, as reported by the World Federation of the Deaf. Over eighty percent of them are currently residing in third world countries. They communicate with one another using more than 300 distinct sign languages.

There are full-fledged natural languages that use sign language, each of which is structurally distinct from spoken languages. Deaf individuals utilize a kind of sign language known as international sign language not just in formal settings such as international meetings but also in informal settings such as travelling and socializing. It is regarded to be a pidgin version of sign language due to the fact that it is not as complicated as natural sign languages and only has a limited lexicon. Hearing people in Pakistan can obtain a fundamental understanding of sign language through the PSL Interpretation Training Program, which is based in Karachi. This programme educates hearing people on the history of sign language, the variations in signs used across Pakistan, a Sign Language dictionary, and most importantly, the rules of interpretation. In addition, participants are offered the chance to receive training and to join both the professional interpreting network and a society that is more welcoming to those with diverse backgrounds.

Pakistani government needs more focus on sign language classes, free books and awareness campaigns so the other people also know how to talk with deaf people and how to handle them in the society.


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