By Tamsin Brown • 16 June 2022 • 13:32
Mallorca has celebrated the National Day of Spanish and Catalan Sign Language. Image: Consell de Mallorca
On June 14, the National Day of Spanish and Catalan Sign Language, the Consell de Mallorca paid tribute to all those who use Sign Language in their everyday lives.
June 14 is the National Day of Spanish and Catalan Sign Language. Guaranteeing universal access to resources and information, and thereby promoting the full integration and autonomy of all people, is one of the objectives of the Consell de Mallorca when it comes to providing services such as the Sign Language Interpreting Service.
The Sign Language Interpreting Service has been in operation for two decades, and the number of users and services provided has doubled over the last five years.
The president of the Consell, Catalina Cladera, said: “Dates like today remind us that we must give sign language the importance it deserves and guarantee that it is learned and used. Sign language is a means of communication that provides universal access to information and equal opportunities.”
It is estimated that approximately 1,000 people in Mallorca use sign language, including people with hearing disabilities, their families and/or professionals. Currently, the Consell de Mallorca’s Sign Interpreting Service is made up of a team of four professionals who are available to accompany people whenever required.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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