Every last Sunday of September, the International Day of the Deaf is celebrated around the world. This date was first noted in 1951, immediately after the establishment of the International Federation of the Deaf and Dumb. In 2018, the date falls on September 30th.
The goal of the Day is to raise the awareness of the international community about the problems that deaf people face every day. Indeed, according to statistics, every ninth person suffers from hearing impairment. It is lost as a result of injury, illness or congenital malformations.
The very first deaf-and-dumb school was founded in France in 1760. The local abbot Charles de Lapey became the ancestor of sign language, called Gestuno. The new language has become a real miracle, allowing deaf people to communicate with each other and no longer feel defective.