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International Week of the Deaf

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International Week of the Deaf (or: World Deaf Week) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

It was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. Since then, it is celebrated annually by the global deaf community. The International Week of the Deaf is held on the last week of September, the same month first World Congress of the WFD was held.
International Week of the Deaf is commemorated through various activities (marches, debates, campaigns, exhibitions and meetings), and call for the participation and involvement of stakeholders (families, peers, governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters, Disabled People’s Organisations).

In most countries, the national deaf organisation will organize activities for Deaf Week (or sometimes: Deaf Day). if  you want to reach people already interested in Deaf Culture and sign language: you can take advantage of these activities. Participate in the even(s), distribute handouts, do something:

1. to make people see you, and 

2. to inform them of what you do, what you can mean for them, and last but not least:

3. to make sure that people will be able to find you, after the event: through your website, flyers, business cards, other hand-outs with your contact information.