Rejection of 1880 Milan Congress Resolutions

Trevor Jenkins bslwannabe at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 22 14:35:56 UTC 2010

Wow. Such a marvellous moment in Deaf history. None of you will want to see
it but I'm doing a "happy dance" over this news. Perhaps now Deaf people
will get the education  they deserve in their native language(s).

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 11:46 PM, Valerie Sutton <sutton at>wrote:

> SignWriting List
> July 21, 2010
> Dear SW Listers!
> This, I think, is pretty exciting! ;-)
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> From: National Association of the Deaf (US)
> Date: July 21, 2010 3:41:24 PM PDT
> To: "Ms Valerie J. Sutton" <sutton at>
> Subject: NAD Elated with ICED Rejection of 1880 Milan Congress Resolutions
> NAD E-News
> Wednesday, July 21, 2010
> NAD Elated with ICED Rejection of 1880 Milan Congress Resolutions
> On Monday, July 19, 2010 the International Congress on the Education of the
> Deaf (ICED) opened its 21st Congress with a historic announcement that it
> formally rejects the resolutions passed at its 2nd Congress (commonly known
> as the 1880 Milan Congress) which discouraged the use of sign language in
> the education of the deaf.  This move follows a recent letter (link below)
> by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and numerous advocacy
> organizations and leaders throughout the world urging the ICED to formally
> reject their previous resolutions and embrace signed languages and deaf
> cultures.  Links for the ICED press release, introduction, and statement of
> principle and accord for the future are listed below.
> The original resolutions passed at the 1880 Milan Congress did irreparable
> damage to deaf individuals, educators, professionals, schools and
> communities around the world. Established in the same year as the 1880 Milan
> Congress, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of
> the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues
> important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national
> level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as
> a core value.
> "We are elated to see that, for the first time in 130 years, the ICED has
> joined us in rejecting the actions of its predecessors and moving forward to
> improve educational systems for the global deaf and hard of hearing
> community. We are grateful and proud to see the ICED take this important and
> very appropriate step towards reconciliation," said NAD President Bobbie
> Beth Scoggins. "The formal rejection of the 1880 resolutions made in Milan
> by the ICED realizes a dream that we have had for 130 years. Together with
> the ICED we have taken the first steps towards a beautiful, bilingual future
> of cooperation and mutual respect."
> NAD Letter -
> ICED Press Release - Release.pdf
> ICED Introduction -
> ICED Statement of Principle and Accord for the Future -
> of Principle and Accord for the
> Future(1).pdf
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Regards, Trevor.

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