Celebrating International Week of Deaf People 2022


International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) is a celebration of Deaf culture first launched by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. It is recognized annually by Deaf communities all over the world during the last full week of September. During IWDP, activities and events take place that welcome the participation of all members of Deaf communities, including families of Deaf people, professional and accredited sign language interpreters, and peers. IWDP also welcomes the involvement and support of various stakeholders such as governments, national and international human rights organizations, and organizations of persons with disabilities.

IWDP 2022

male and female communicating using sign languageIWDP 2022 is celebrated from September 19 to 25, 2022. This year’s theme for International Week of Deaf People is “Building Inclusive Communities for All.” Daily themes for the week are:

Monday, September 19 – Sign Languages in Education

Tuesday, September 20 – Sustainable Economic Opportunities for Deaf People

Wednesday, September 21 – Health for All

Thursday, September 22 – Safeguarding Deaf People in Times of Crisis

Friday, September 23 – Sign Languages Unite Us




Canadian Hearing Services is excited to take part in and recognize this very important week. As part of International Week of Deaf People, Canadian Hearing Services invites you the following events:

Thursday, September 22 at 10 a.m.

WEBINAR: How to easily request an interpreter
In this webinar, we will give you tips on how to make your interpretation request easier. We will also provide advice on how to educate service providers about the importance of communication access, as well as information on what is covered by our government funding, including who needs to request interpreting services and when. This webinar will be provided in ASL.


Friday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m.
In recognition of the International Day of Sign Languages, Canadian Hearing Services is excited to offer a free American Sign Language (ASL) Lunch & Learn class on September 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will receive an introduction to ASL and learn some basic ASL signs. To join the Lunch & Learn class, please complete the registration below.


We hope you can join us in celebrating International Week of Deaf People!