Deaf People Protest at the Embassy of Italy Over Re-labeling Italian Sign Language

Posted on May 30, 2011

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Video shot by Melissa Malzkuhn.

On May 25, about 20 deaf people showed up at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. to demonstrate against a bill being considered in the Italian Parliament. The bill originally would recognize Italian Sign Language (LIS), but pro-CI and -oralism special interest groups succeeded in changing its wording so that LIS would be changed to Language of Mimes and Gestures (LMG).

The protesters wished to show support for the deaf Italians who also demonstrated in Rome earlier in the day. Deaf people in other nations also visited embassies of Italy to express their displeasure for the bill.

A Frenchman gives his account of what happened at the Embassy that day (in International Sign Language).

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