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International Week of the Deaf 2013


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"States Parties reaffirm that every human being has the inherent right to life and shall take all necessary measures to ensure its effective enjoyment by persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

Article 10 - The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Ahmed Dahman - Server at Atfaluna Restaurant

[Ahmed, with shots of him working in restaurant]

"We, as deaf, are unified in our concerns, interests, disability, and language. I urge the deaf people to develop their abilities through vocational training and be able to claim their rights from governments and decision-makers.
Do not give up, do not relinquish your rights, use all legal ways such as demonstrations and work hard towards equity.
Show to everyone that you're able to prove yourselves in the society and be on equal footing with hearing people."

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Through its tireless pursuit of equality for deaf and hard of hearing people in the Gaza Strip, Atfaluna Society for Deaf People (ASDC) has made great efforts to ensure equal opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people through education, vocational training and employment, in addition to other services which prove that the deaf can equally contribute to the economic and social development processes.

[Belal, with scenes of him in his workshop and products he has made]

"My name is Belal Ghazal. I am deaf and I work as a carpenter. I had several tries at getting a job, yet the employers did not accept to hire me because I am deaf until I gained the opportunity to work at ASDC. What is even more frustrating is that I am not the only person who has experienced this; many of my best friends are unemployed because of their disability."

[Classroom, where the teacher is communicating with her pupils in sign language]

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Samaher Abu Sedo joined ASDC 22 years ago as a student at Atfaluna Kindergarten and now she is one of the best deaf mathematics teachers at Atfaluna School.


"I worked hard to get a job opportunity. Do the same and defend your rights already mentioned in the international law which says that deaf persons are entitled to exercise their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights on an equal basis with others."

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"Deaf people can do anything, except hear."

Dr. I. King Jordan, former president of Gallaudet University, USA

In 2013, International Week of the Deaf is celebrated from 23 to 28 September. During this week, associations of the deaf throughout the world organise events, marches, campaigns and meetings to highlight topics that they wish to be addressed by local or national authorities.

Equality for Deaf People

This year, the global theme is 'Equality for Deaf People'. The short video above, from CBM partner organisation Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, highlights the importance of educational opportunities, having deaf role models in the classroom and access to signed bilingualism as part of equality.
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Winning combination of cricket and inclusion

Message by India’s T20 Blind Cricket Team on celebrating CBM India’s winning combination of cricket and inclusion.

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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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