On September 8, 2020, the.ismaili (Canada) hosted an inspiring conversation exploring deaf culture as well as the stories and life experiences of deaf Ismailis. Panelists Imran Hakamali, Shahzad Merchant, Nasima Lakhani, and Mursal Ashrafi shared their perspectives, successes, and roadmaps towards integrating their unique way of life into a cohesive Ismaili community and a larger society.
Video Source: the.ismaili (Canada) YouTube
The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.
The resolution establishing the day acknowledges that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and development of the deaf individual and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. It recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages as part of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also emphasizes the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with deaf communities. Source