Center for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), has called for compulsory use of sign language in public institutions in Nigeria, to give the deaf community a sense of belonging.
Mr David Anyaele, Executive Director, CCD said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja in commemoration of the International Sign Language Day.
The International Sign Language Day is marked every Sept. 23 by the Deaf Community Globally and the 2022 theme is “Sign Language Unite Us”.
He said “Recognising that over 80 per cent of deaf persons in the world are living in developing countries, with millions of Nigerians having one level of hearing impairment or the other.
He also said “We must acknowledge that sign language is the major channel for accessing the world by the deaf community, yet its awareness among Nigerians in Nigeria is very low.
Anyaele said that sections 24 and 25 of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities(Prohibition) Act 2018, required public hospitals and the government to ensure that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were given special considerations in public.
He said the law also provided for special communication during situations of risk and emergencies such as pandemics like the COVID-19 and other natural disasters.