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Sign Language Users are Linguistic Minorities too

January 4, 2010

In his contribution to the discussions of the UN Forum on Minority Issues on 15-16 December 2009, World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) President Mr. Markku Jokinen stressed that linguistic minorities include also sign language users. Quality education for sign language users means the right to receive education in sign language. Lack of quality education on the contrary limits the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, including rights to employment, health, housing and an adequate standard of living. Mr Jokinen expressed in his contribution that deaf children have the right to become bi- or multilingual citizens through quality education using bi- or multilingual and multicultural approach

Students of Bible Institute for the Deaf Perform using Sign Language in celebration of BID's President Elena Castillo's Birthday

For the complete speech of Mr. Jokinen, click below or visit their website [click the WFD website as found in the VILinks after the Blogroll]:

World Federation of the Deaf President Markku Jokinen in UN Forum on Minority Issues

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