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Sign Language Legislation in the European Union, Edition II

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Wheatley, M. & Pabsch, A. (2012). Sign Language Legislation in the European Union - Edition II. Brussels:


"This update is a comprehensively revised book on the legal status of the national sign languages in the EU Member States and at a supranational level.

With the widespread ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; legislative measures are now more focused on enabling Deaf people to access their environment on an equal basis with others. The increasingly includes the provision of sign language legislation.

Most EU Member States now have some form of recognition of its sign language. Sign language can be found at all level of legislation, ranging from constitutions to disability laws, educational acts and language laws, as well as separate sign language acts.

This publication gives essential insight into sign language legislation and will aid policy makers and researchers alike in achieving full and equal rights for sign language users."