National Sign Language
- Deutsche Gebardensprache (DGS)
- in English: German Sign Language
Delano, 24.05.2017 • MARTINE HUBERTY
It will also state the right for every deaf or hard of hearing child to attend classes in sign language in primary and secondary school, whether in a specialised or at an ordinary school. (..)
The bill states that sign language is different from the language (LUG) currently being taught in Luxembourg schools. Sign languages evolved naturally and have not been “invented” by any one person. (..)
The German sign language was chosen because the current “Deutsche Gebärdensprache” (DSG) is used by the majority of the community, and follows the recommendations by Daaflux and experts and NGOs in the field.
New personnel needed
Currently there are only two professional interpreters of sign language in Luxembourg. This means that more personnel needs to be trained. One training course lasts at least 430 hours. The bill foresees therefore that the right for deaf or hard of hearing children to attend an ordinary school enter into force a year later than the rest of the bill, to be able to train enough staff."
"Sign Language Legislation in the European Union", Wheatley, M., A. Pabsch., Edition II. Brussels, EUD, 2012:
"There is no law in Luxembourg, which mentions sign language explicitly. The critical language situation makes it difficult for sign language to be legally accepted as a minority language, or otherwise be mentioned in legislation."
The status of sign languages in Europe", Nina Timmermans, ISBN 92-871-5720-0 © Council of Europe, April 2005:
"Luxembourg has no legislation referring to the use of a sign language. Moreover, the constitution does not currently provide for any fundamental right concerning the use of such a language. (...) The situation in the spheres of education, culture and politics shows that there is a long way to go before sign language is used and recognised widely in Luxembourg."
Number of Deaf Sign Language Users
250 (EUD website, December 2016)
National Sign Language (Research) Centres