About the theme
Each year the theme is chosen by the World Federation of the Deaf and all country members are encouraged to celebrate International Week of Deaf People in September.
This year the theme is "Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities"
Click here for the key messages by the World Federation of the Deaf.
Past themes have included:
2004 - Celebrating our International Deaf Community
2005 - Deaf People and Financial Access
2006 - Celebrating the Australian Deaf Community
2007 - Communicate IT
2008 - Living Auslan - Protecting the language of Deaf Community
2009 - Year of Reconciliation: Bringing us all together
2010 - Rapprochement of Cultures
2011 - From little things - Big things grow
2012 - Sign Bilingualism is a Human Right
2013 - Equality for Deaf People
2014 - Strengthening Human Diversity
2015 - With Auslan Rights, Deaf Children Can
2016 - With Auslan, I am equal!
2017 - Full Inclusion with Auslan!
2018 - With Sign Language, everyone is included!
2019 - Revitalising Our Languages - Sign Language Rights for All
2020 - Reaffirming Deaf People's Human Rights