By ANA VURU
The Fiji Association of the Deaf (FAD) plans to mark the International Day of the Deaf in style.
The day is set for Friday, September 26, and the Fijis associations Youth Wing is organising this years celebration with a view to increase solidarity among Deaf people and their supporters and stimulate greater efforts to promote the rights of Deaf people throughout the world.
As in other countries, deaf people are celebrating the International Week of the Deaf (IWD). The International Week of the Deaf is observed annually during the last full week of September.
The purpose of International Week of the Deaf is to draw the attention of politicians, authorities and the general public to the achievements of Deaf people and the concerns of the Deaf community.
The celebration will include a video message from the President of the World Federation of the Deaf, Colin Allen.
The Fiji Association of the Deaf was established in 2002 and represents deaf and hard of hearing people in Fiji. It promotes the advancement of human rights and equality for deaf people by collaborating with our members and stakeholders to influence governments in ratification/ implementing the United Nations Conventions on the Rights for People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the National Disability Policy.
UNCRPD is an international human rights instrument of the United Nations, which protects the rights and promotes equality of persons with disabilities. The CRPD also sets a framework for deaf peoples rights filling an important gap in international human rights legislation.