How are Deaf Persons Rights Reflected in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)?

The CRPD mentions Sign Language five times in the Convention:

Article 2: In providing definitions for the Convention, Article 2 stipulates that languages include signed languages (1).

Article 9: This Article ensures that deaf and hard of hearing persons have equal accessibility to services in public, such as sign language interpreters (2).

Article 21: This Article promotes facilitation, recognition, and promotion of sign language; access to information for deaf and hard of hearing persons in guaranteed (3).

Article 24: This Article ensures that deaf and hard of hearing children are taught in sign language by qualified teachers, while the linguistic identity of the deaf community through education is promoted (4).

Article 30: Article 30 recognizes and supports sign language and deaf culture in cultural life (5).

Notes on this page

1 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Geneva, 2006), 4.  2 Ibid., 9.
3 Ibid., 14.
4 Ibid., 17.
5 Ibid., 23.

Prendergast, S. (2018). Disability Rights Information sheets in child friendly language. Prepared for Shaking the Movers/ Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project Youth Advisory Event, October, 13 and 14, 2018. IECSS: Toronto, ON. Accessed online: http://inclusiveearlychildhood.ca/disability-and-childrens-rights/how-are-deaf-persons-rights-reflected-in-the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-crpd/