The Senate of the Republic’s headquarters was illuminated in turquoise blue on the evening of Thursday, September 28th, on the occasion of International Sign Language Day, highlighting the importance of this form of communication for the 72 million deaf people worldwide.
During the event, which is also part of the “First International Congress on Linguistic Studies of Mexican Sign Language. More than a language, the representation of a people,” activists and leaders of deaf organizations and networks in the country urged senators to promote legislation for the benefit of the population.
Aída Aramburú Osuna, co-founder of the Deaf Network, emphasized the importance of defending the rights of people with hearing impairments in the country and expressed hope for progress in Mexican legislation, particularly for children and young people in terms of sign language education.
According to INEGI, there are 300,000 deaf people in the country, along with over 5 million with some degree of hearing impairment.
Claudia Balderas, Secretary of the Senate’s Presiding Board, stressed the need for awareness at the family, academic, and social levels to achieve inclusion and respect for the human rights of deaf individuals.
She noted that, according to data from the World Federation of the Deaf, there are 300 different sign languages in the world, with more than 72 million people using them.
She added that the Mexican state must ensure their inclusion so that the community can access public services and enjoy all their rights in full.