One day, around 2010, I noticed two women walking in front of me, talking very animatedly, and yet, although I was only a few steps away from them, I couldn’t hear any words coming from them. Then I understood, in fact I saw. The two women, deaf, communicated using their sign language. The Uniwording idea was born at that precise moment: the sign language – the language of the deaf – is too beautiful not to give it the opportunity to become a language for everyone.
In the near future we will be able to find ourselves on the other side of the world and share conversations in which, naturally, linguistic distances will be bridged by a universally shared sign language, used as a support of the spoken language or autonomously. This bridge-language between cultures and different worlds is called Uniwording and it meets a concrete, measurable and growing need.
The basis of the Uniwording project is the belief that sign language can cross the border of deafness and become a language for everyone.
Mirella De Paris
Chair of the Uniwording Association