Census Of India 2021 Recommendations

Hi. I wish to circulate the information regarding the Census of India 2021. Few days back, the Chhattisgarh Association of the Deaf informed me about the letter it received from Government regarding feedback for improvement. I recommended the Association to reply and send the feedback to the Census office with CC to NAD and other NAD-affiliated Associations.

After deciding that NAD will write to the Census office, I am planning to recommend the following points:

1) To include "Indian Sign language (ISL)" as one of the options for the Mother Tongue.
2) To have two sub-categories under “Hearing”
    (a) Deaf
    (b) Hard of Hearing

This is as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2016.

3) The Government to give awareness training for all enumerators of the Census of india 2021.

If you have any better suggestions, please e-mail to nadindia2004@gmail.com upto April 11th, 2021 at 5 pm.

Thank you for watching.

Posted on 08 Apr 2021.

World Health Day 2021 - Inclusion of Sign Language Let’s us Remember to Sign

World Health Day 2021 - Inclusion of Sign Language Let’s us Remember to Sign

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) organized the Press Conference for Press/Media Release – Need Emphasis on Sign Language in the World Hearing Report at Indian Women’s press Corps, 5 Windsor place, New Delhi-110001 from 3.30 pm to 4:30 pm on 02nd March 2021. Mr. A. S. Narayanan, President of NAD and Mr. Anuj Jain, Executive Director have explained to 20 media persons related to World Hearing Day – Inclusion of Sign Language. Some of the media persons have questions with NAD Team for answering them.

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organization representing and promoting approximately 70 million deaf people's human rights worldwide. The WFD is a federation of deaf organizations from 122 nations; its mission is to promote the human rights of deaf people and full, quality, and equal access to all spheres of life, including self-determination, sign language. NAD is a member of WFD.

World Hearing Day is celebrated on 3rd March every year. WHD is organised by World Hearing Forum (WHF), a forum under the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The theme for this year is: ‘Hearing care for all! Screen, Rehabilitate, and Communicate’. The World Report on Hearing will be launched on World Hearing Day. The Report has not highlighted sign language.

Following are the recommendations of the World Federation of the Deaf for the inclusion in the Report:

  • Early intervention: Access to sign language at birth is a fundamental human right.
  • Involvement of Deaf People in the policy-making related to the issues of deaf people.
  • Sign languages should be recognized and integrated into all services.
  • All deaf children and their families must have access to sign languages

Please find attached the recommendations, toolkit, and WFD position papers. WHO should emphasize on sign language as mentioned above.

Our further request to the Government of India is to :-

  • Recognize Indian Sign Language as one of the official languages.
  • Indian Sign Language should be included as one of the options of mother tongue in the Population Census 2021 and
  • Rehabilitation and Education of deaf children must n necessarily include Indian Sign Language.

We at NAD been advocating all of the above for a long time. We need the media persons’ support to strengthen our voices. They deputed a reporter/photographer/camera team yesterday and helped this invisible community get the visibility that it deserves and badly needs.

A.S.Narayanan's Message to all: (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQPRSs-YwBI

Video-shoot of the Press Conference: (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV5Uf1CYXRQ 

Posted on 02 Mar 2021.

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1 ABP News World Hearing Day: World Hearing Day today, NAD writes to PM Modi to promote Sign Language. PDF / (0.12 MB)
2 Amrit India World Hearing Day PDF / (1.13 MB)
3 Gurgaon Today World Hearing Day PDF / (1.19 MB)
4 WFD Letter WFD Advocacy Points for Members and Partners on the occasion of World Hearing Day 2021 and the launch of the World Health Association 2021 Global Report on Hearing. PDF / (0.26 MB)
5 NAD Letter Letter from NAD to Shri. Narendra Modji, PM of India. PDF / (1.07 MB)
6 State Deaf Association State Deaf Association Letter WHD 2021 to CM Minister Health Minister Social Welfare DOCX / (0.02 MB)

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Demand to include Indian Sign Language (ISL) in the English Schedule of the Indian Constitution

Kindly refer to the video and send your letter to Shri Amit Shah, Hon'ble Home Minister regarding the demand to include Indian Sign Language (ISL) in the English Schedule of the Indian Constitution - Table the Amendment in the Winter Session of the Parliament. Please see the attached file.

Posted on 18 Nov 2019.

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1 Letter format for Shri Amit Shah, Home Minister Send Letter to Shri Amit Shah, Home Minister GOI DOCX / (0.01 MB)
2 The Copy of the Reply from the Government Department of Official Language Letter PDF / (0.65 MB)
3 Proposed Amendments in the Constitution for ISL Rights to Indian Sign Language to be added as an amendment in the constitution of India PDF / (0.07 MB)

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Draft Policy for Accessibility Standards for TV

Dear Friends,

We inform you that we are sending the Draft Policy for Accessiblity Standards for TVs in PDF to all of you. Please study them and send your draft to my e-mail ID nadindia2004@gmail.com for suggestions, ideas before 12pm on 7th June 2019 then we will send the final draft to the MIB on 7th June 2019 at 2pm.

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