Argentina: deputies approve recognizing sign language as natural and native

Unanimously of 229 upvotes, the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina approved on Thursday afternoon the project that recognizes the Argentine Sign Language (ASL) as a natural and native language throughout the national territory.

The initiative, which also seeks to recognize the importance of its preservation and dissemination as part of the linguistic and cultural heritage of the community, will be sent today to the Senate in which it is expected to be approved.

The session was attended by members of the Argentine Confederation of the Deaf who observed the debate from the premises and were able to follow the interventions thanks to the presence of a sign language interpreter who is usually found in all the deliberations of the legislative body.

The historical claim of the Argentine Confederation of the Deaf was supported by a campaign to collect signatures, launched through the platform of change. The initiative has more than 130,000 signatures claiming in favor of the law.

Deputy Luis Di Giacomo president of the Commission on Disability of the Chamber of Deputies, maintained that sign language “has to be made official and that it can be reproduced from the deaf community itself.” Some of his colleagues carried blue handkerchiefs on their benches with the inscription “Argentine Sign Language” as support.

If signed into law, this bill will give you rights to 1,120,000 Argentines with hearing disabilities as well as their relatives, with whom they add up to a total of three million people affected detailed Eduardo Valdes deputy and president of the Foreign Relations Commission.