For a minute, let’s close our eyes and take a vacation to a foreign land, where the language is as foreign as its cuisine. With your explorer mode on, you set out on foot, taking in the sights and sounds of the land. You’ve reached crossroads, literally and figuratively, figuring out your route to bucket list monument. You stop a passerby and ask for directions, only to receive a blank and confused headshake in response. A game of charades and animated mouthing of words later, you finally manage to hold a conversation. (Of course, all of this assuming that Google Translate is unavailable in that moment) You walk away, relieved, with your new directions and an epiphany that signs transcend language barriers, sign language is a universal language for everyone.
We easily switch over to WhatsaApp emojis, road sign boards, GIFS, facial expressions to convey our emotions when words fall short. While signs maybe an alternate tool to express ourselves, sign language is the sole mode of communication for the deaf and dumb community.
The last week of September has been celebrated as the International Week of the Deaf (IWD) by the World Federation of the Deaf(WFD) since 1958 in Rome, Italy. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the deaf community.
The 2020 theme is two-fold