Maltese sign language recognised as country’s official language

The last stage of legislation aimed at giving recognition to Maltese sign language as an official Maltese language was passed by Parliament at yesterday’s sitting. The Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of the Disabled and Active Ageing, Dr Justyne Caruana described this important step as a momentous occasion, as the country now has its own sign language.

Yesterday’s Parliamentary sitting was also attended by the Malta Deaf Association, who expressed their satisfaction at this achievement. Meanwhile, the Vice-President of the European Union of the Deaf, Humberto Insolera, congratulated the Parliamentary Secretary on Malta having joined other European Union countries with their own official sign language.

Parliamentary Secretary Caruana said this was proof of how much Government was committed in favour of an agenda for the hearing-impaired. Dr Caruana recalled that this very week she had launched the Maltese Sign Language Interpretation Service within the Sapport Agency, enabling more persons to make use of it as and when needed.



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