Luxembourg to give German sign language official status alongside the other three languages
The Luxembourg government has decided to give German sign language official status alongside the other three languages (Luxembourgish, French and German) on 5 May.
Luxembourg ratified the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in 2011, which stipulates, among other things, recognising sign language as an official language.
To facilitate the right to free speech, without discrimination, and favour equal opportunities, the government also aims to promote the German linguistic identity of deaf and hard of hearing people by giving sign language official status.
They will also be given the right to request an interpreter in sign language when they communicate with official administration.
The bill will introduce the right of parents and siblings of deaf or hard of hearing people to get basic training in sign language.
Furthermore, it wants to give hard of hearing or deaf people the same opportunities to choose their education and training as kids without disabilities. It will also allow them to complete primary and secondary education in sign language.