Equal Accesibility for Sign Language under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Autor/a: BALL, Andrea R.
Año: 2011
Editorial: Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 43, nº 3 (2011)
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital




Achieving recognition of sign language as a protected and full language is  a  plight  of  Deaf  sign  language  users.  National  recognition  provides rights to access, advancement, and protection of the dominant means of  communication  for  most  Deaf  individuals.  Despite  the  positive  implications of official recognition, many countries either refuse to recognize sign language,  attempt  to  unify  regional  sign  languages  into  one  common,  socially-constructed  language,  or  simply  manually  code  the  majority  spoken language.  Regional  and  minority  sign  language  users  have  no  recourse  as they  find  themselves  excluded  from  official  recognition  as  a  domestic  linguistic  minority.  Appealing  to  international  human  rights  law  likewise proves futile due to the inherent difficulties in classifying the Deaf as a linguistic minority. Shedding the linguistic minority framework, this Note will argue  that  classifying  Deaf  sign  language  users  as  disabled  offers  greater linguistic rights and protections than under a linguistic minority classification.  Through  the  Convention  on  the  Rights  of  Persons  with  Disabilities, sign language users have greater rights and States have explicit obligations to recognize and protect minority sign languages.