Why I Sign & International Week of the Deaf


While foraging for nuts and berries one evening at the local grocery store, amidst the discussion of what to eat and how small the print of the ingredients lists on the labels have become, a young man asked me, “So, why do you sign?”. It took a second to snap to that I was wearing my #whyIsign t-shirt. My reply in a nutshell, “I sign to chat with people.”.

While the video below was made for the kick off of #whyisign earlier in 2016, the video remain as valid as the day it was created. It points to communication and opening up the possibilities of life through language. Special thanks to Stacy Abrams for launching this movement, Rosa Lee for her message in the video and to www.whyisign.com for sharing this message.

This week is the International Week of the Deaf. To celebrate and learn about this week, please read below and visit their site as together we can empower, partner and celebrate!


International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and 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).”

For more about this week, visit: https://wfdeaf.org/about-us/international-week-of-the-deaf

My recommendation:
Have some fun and take an ASL class or other sign language class and see your world expand!!