Data based on EUD publication “Sign Language Legislation in the European Union - Edition II” (2012). If the information regarding your national sign language is not up to date anymore, please feel free to contact us with an update.

 

Constitution

The country has recognised a sign language in its national constitution

 

Sign Language

A separate law recognising the sign language

 

Language       

A law recognising official languages, including sign language

 

Disability        

A law that recognises sign language rights for deaf people as disabled people

 

Education

An educational law that includes sign language rights

 

Communication/Media

A law that requires some forms of media to ensure some sign language rights

 

Criminal Procedure    

A law that ensures deaf people will have access to sign language interpretation during a criminal procedure, such as getting arrested or called to court

 

Interpreting

A law on sign language interpreting

 

Health

A law that allows deaf people to access information regarding their health in sign language

 

Employment

A law that ensures deaf people will have access to sign language at work

 

Other

   

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The Maltese Parliament approved the Bill declaring that the Maltese Sign Language is to be considered an official language of Malta

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