Human rights group urge countries to expand deaf education

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Sign language education

Human Rights Watch released a five-minute video October 17, urging countries worldwide to increase their efforts to help students who are deaf receive an education in sign language.

The right to education in sign language is required under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“Sign language is critical for deaf people to be able to communicate, express themselves, and learn,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at Human Rights Watch in a news release. “Depriving deaf people of the opportunity to learn sign language can condemn them to devastating isolation.”

The video was released as part of the global conference in Sydney, hosted by the World Federation of the Deaf, which ran from October 16-18.

The full video can be seen here.