International Sign Definition

International Sign (IS) is a contact variety of sign language used in a variety of different contexts, particularly at international meetings such as the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) congress, events such as the Deaflympics, in video clips produced by Deaf people and watched by other Deaf people from around the world, and informally when travelling and socialising. It can be seen as a pidgin form of sign language, which is not as conventionalised or complex as natural sign languages and has a limited lexicon.

Dr. Robert Adam, WFD Sign Language Expert, April 2014.

Information about International Sign – what it is, how one can learn it, and what does the accreditation system mean. If you would like to learn more please enjoy watching this interview with Juan Carlos Druetta, one of the first Deaf interpreters to achieve the WFD-WASLI International Sign Accreditation. Juan was also a previous Vice President of WASLI.