The project that recognizes the Argentine Sign Language (LSA) as a natural and native language throughout the country, was unanimously approved at the Chamber of Deputies and sent to the Senate where, if all follows the present course, it will become law. Beyond promoting its dissemination as cultural heritage, the regulation will allow other benefits for the community, such as its widespread use in public organizations and the consequent training for officials and citizens in general. Thus, the possibilities of learning and using the LSA become more accessible.
During the session held this Thursday, deputies approved the bill that values sign language and promotes its preservation and dissemination as part of the linguistic and cultural heritage.
The project that they seek to convert into law aims to recognize the Argentine Sign Language because it is part of an intangible historical legacy that integrates the linguistic identity and cultural heritage of deaf people. In fact, it was explained that it is the one that is transmitted in the visuospatial modality and with a complete, complex grammatical structure and different from Spanish.
For this reason, one of the benefits of the bill is to guarantee full participation and inclusion, “as well as people who, for whatever reason, choose to communicate in that language.”
The opinion clarified that as it is a visual language, it is “completely accessible from the perceptual point of view for deaf people” as well as for all those who for different reasons decide to use the LSA.
In this way, the project on sign language guarantees that people can “communicate, transmit their desires and interests, learn, defend their rights and build a positive linguistic and cultural identity that allows them to fully participate and transcend in all aspects of social life”, they highlighted in the venue, during the last session of the Lower House.
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Among the benefits mentioned, it is established that “organizations made up entirely of deaf people who represent them throughout the territory of the Argentine Republic will be organizations of legitimate consultation on the LSA.” For this, all the institutions that are constituted and registered with recognition of the national, provincial and municipal States will be recognized, reported telam.
In turn, the law that will respond to the historical claim of the Argentine Confederation of the Deaf, empowers the National Government to promote the use of the LSA by all people who choose to communicate in said language, “with the aim of having effective accessibility and full to social life; eliminate communication and attitudinal barriers, in order to facilitate access to communication and information”.
At the beginning of the debate, the representative of Juntos Somos Río Negro, Luis Di Giacomopresident of the Commission on Disability of the Chamber of Deputies, stressed that sign language “has to be made official and can be reproduced from the deaf community itself.”
“Not only are they not disabled but they learn two languages, the mother tongue and the sign language,” said the legislator in reference to deaf children. In addition, he remarked that the law aims “at the recognition of sign language to eliminate communication barriers and grant visibility in a non-verbal means of communication to put deaf people on an equal footing with the rest of the people.”
In addition to highlighting the initiative, the legislator of the Frente de Todos, Gisella Marziotta, He spoke in reference to the role of legislators and announced that he hopes that next year “mandatory training for state officials in sign languages” will be discussed at the venue.