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Our former study visitor meets with EU leaders at Brussels conference on sign language recognition

19 January, 2017


We are pleased to share that our former visiting research student has met with leaders in Brussels to push for greater recognition of sign languages in the EU. As a member of the Japanese Federation of the Deaf’s Welfare and Labor Committee, our study visitor Makoto Iwayama (second from right) represented Japan with JFD leaders in late September for a conference in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament entitled ‘Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages’. They met with Adam Cosa MEP, as well as Mark Wheatley, executive director of the European Union of the Deaf. Mr Iwayama said:

“These meetings helped us to understand the current progress being made toward the recognition of sign languages in EU member states. The experience has had a useful influence on us and on the Japanese deaf community.”

Congratulations to Mr Iwayama and the JFD for a successful delegation to this exciting conference.



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