Toronto Association of the Deaf

Toronto Association of the Deaf

September 22, 2014 09:10 ET

International Week of the Deaf Recognizes Struggle by Deaf People for Equality

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 22, 2014) - Toronto Association of the Deaf is coordinating 14 events throughout the greater Toronto area during the week of September 21-27th. These events are in conjunction with the "International Week of the Deaf," which is held globally under the auspice of the World Federation of the Deaf.

The purpose of these events, which are celebrated by Deaf people worldwide during the last full week in September, is to stimulate greater efforts to promote the human rights of Deaf people throughout the world. This series of Deaf Awareness events are intended for both Deaf and non-Deaf people. Participation will increase understanding, recognition, and respect for the rights of Deaf people.

This year's theme, decided by the World Federation of the Deaf, this year is "Strengthening Human Diversity." Deaf people experience high unemployment and face attitudinal indifferences in many facets of their everyday lives. TAD is hosting two crucial sessions this year: a TAD Town Hall Meeting on Employment Issues on Tues, Sept 23rd and a TAD Town Hall Meeting on Interpreting Issues on Thurs, Sept 25th.

This year TAD's International Week of the Deaf activities cover Communication, Community, Culture, Education, Employment, Human Rights, Services and Recreation. Local, provincial and national organizations are working together to host 14 different events. The Mayoral Debate on Disability Issues, hosted by Scadding Court Community Centre at Ryerson Student Centre, is among the week's events.

All events are open to the public. Admission is free for most events, except "No Ordinary Hero," a film in sign language with voice and open captions on Fri, Sept 26th, a Bingo Bowling event by Ontario Deaf Sports Association and "Global Games," an event for deaf, hearing and sign language users on Sat, Sept 27th.

TD Bank is sponsoring TAD's International Week of the Deaf, underwriting costs of both a billfold leaflet (www.deaftoronto.ca/iwdbooklet) with map and internet booklet versions; we gratefully acknowledge their support.

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