Unanimously with 229 votes in favor, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies approved on Thursday afternoon the project that recognizes the Argentine Sign Language (LSA) as a natural and native language throughout the national territory.
The initiative, which also seeks to recognize the importance of its preservation and dissemination as part of the community’s linguistic and cultural heritage, will be sent today to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved.
Through its Twitter account, the Chamber of Deputies announced the approval of the initiative by 229 votes in favor. Photo: capture @DiputadosAR/ Twitter
The session was attended by members of the Argentine Confederation of the Deaf, who observed the debate from the venue and were able to follow the interventions thanks to the presence of a sign language interpreter who is usually found in all the deliberations of the legislative body.
The historical claim of the Argentine Confederation of the Deaf was supported by a campaign to collect signatures, launched through the Change platform. The initiative has more than 130,000 signatures claiming in favor of the law.
The Argentine Confederation of the Deaf (CAS) celebrated this initiative, which will benefit 1,120,000 Argentines with hearing disabilities. Photo: Telam / Raúl Ferrari
Deputy Luis Di Giácomo, president of the Chamber of Deputies Commission on Disability, argued that sign language “has to be made official and that it can be reproduced from the deaf community itself.” Some of his colleagues carried blue handkerchiefs on their benches with the inscription “Argentine Sign Language” as support.
If it becomes law, this project will provide rights to 1,120,000 Argentines with hearing disabilities, as well as their families, with which they add up to a total of three million people affected, explained Eduardo Valdés, deputy and president of the Relations Commission Foreign.