International Week of Deaf 2021 Day 2: ‘Sustainable Deaf Leadership’

Today is the 2nd day of the International Week of Deaf 2021! Watch our latest video to learn about the significance of today’s theme!

Today 21 September is the second day of the international week of the Deaf. This is today’s theme. It is a form of Deaf leadership that lasts for years in order to support & help the Deaf Community develop. You are all aware that Deaf Communities across the world are flourishing because of Deaf associations guided by Deaf leaders who conduct programmes, lectures and advocacy. The association thrives because of the leader. Without the leader, the association may shut down and the community remains stagnant. Hence, we need Sustainable Deaf Leadership that will keep the community strong. In India we have leaders in sports associations and many other associations. For example, once Deaf children complete their schooling, they are lost in the real world. They then learn from such associations and go ahead in life with the help of such leaders. Whenever a Deaf leader is involved, Deaf individuals will always participate for guidance. This is why Sustainable Deaf Leadership is very important.

The leader advocates to provide accessibility, education, human rights, etc. for the Deaf. They tell the government about Deaf culture, accessibility, Sign Language, etc. This helps the government understand. Governments & various organisations need to understand this phrase. This is very important! Say for example, the government creates a law related to Deaf education without consulting Deaf individuals. The law ends up being useless as it is not suitable. This is because Deaf leaders were not consulted. Whenever any laws are being made, Deaf leaders must be involved as they will ensure it is perfectly suited for the deaf. So as we celebrate this day, please do support your Deaf leaders!