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Events & Programme

The Indian Sign Language (ISL) version of Events.

Different programs and events. Nearly 200 people participated in the events. Its either a one day event of for two days.

There have been conferences for Deaf Youth. Deaf Women Empowerment Seminars have happened. International women’s day had presentations on laws, problems faced by deaf women like rape, trainings etc.

International Week of the Deeaf, awareness march, making public aware about sign language, distribution of literature has been done. In shopping malls, sign language plays, teaching alphabets and basic ISL, distribution of literature has happened.

World Disability Day, 3rd December, celebrated at India Gate. Disabled people gathered there. There were people from all disabilities including the deaf in large numbers. The aim of World Disability Day is to advocate for our rights like RPWD bill, ISLRTC etc.

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Location: Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, 1 Circular Road, Teen Murti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
Conference on the International Week of the Deaf 2017 “Full Inclusion with Sign Language”

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) organized a conference on "Full Inclusion: With Sign Language" in Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on 21st September 2017 to celebrate the International Week of the Deaf. The conference also saw participation of some key leaders of the international deaf community such as Dr. Adam Kosa, Hon'ble Member of European Parliament; Dr. Gerely Tapolczai, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Hungary; and Dr. Joseph Murray, Vice President, World Federation of the Deaf.

There were 300 deaf delegates from all over India participated in the conference.

International Week of the Deaf is all through this week from September 18 - 24, 2017.

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Location: the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.    Projects: Accessibility General
Mr. Shinan P.S from Thrissur, Kerala (Deaf Bike Rider)

Good News today! NAD members – Mr. A. S. Narayanan, President, NAD; Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary and Mr. Vishal Arora, Treasurer met Mr. Shinan PS, who is a deaf bike rider from Thrissur, Kerala, on 14th August 2017 at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Mr. Narayanan asked him a few questions while there were other people gathered there watching the interview unfold.

First question put up to him was, “Does he have a driving license and what’s his goal for the journey?” He did indeed have a driving license but it wasn’t easy to get it as the licensing authority rejected him because he was deaf the first time he went to get the license. He added that, “Hearing people have so many opportunities and I would look at that and think how I can also do the same. Then the thought struck me that yes a deaf person like me can also ride the bike, travel this far and break every barrier. Both the deaf and hearing communities should be equal on the same level.”

Mr. Shinan PS told him that he started his journey with a hearing bikers group from Kerala and his first stop was Goa. From Goa he rode alone by himself to Pune then Mumbai. In Mumbai, NIHH felicitated him. They were impressed to see a deaf biker. A few people in Mumbai supported me and made me part of their club. In Nasik, their deaf association supported me and provided place to stay. Then I went to Vadodara in Gujrat. I interacted with the people and got their support too. In Ahmedabad, I met a lot of deaf people and it was fun. I got donation from a few individuals there. Later went to Udaipur in Rajasthan. I met the deaf people and they were surprised and impressed at the same time to meet me. I also received govt. recognized certificate. In Jaipur, we got pictures clicked and my name was in the print news. From there I went to Agra and finally arrived here in Delhi.”

Mr. Narayanan then told the audience, “Wonderful, thank you. You all must not think that this much travelling on bike is easy. It is quite hard. Food, fuel and other expenses are there. If I was in his place managing all that won’t be possible for me. So, it is very commendable and brave of him. I request you all let’s come together and support him, sharing a one time donation.”

Mrs. Reena Jain, NAD’s North India Deaf Women Committee, asked a question on how he manages all the expenses, to which Mr. Shinan answered,” I welcome any kind of donations and also happily accept invitations to stay the night to sleep. At one place I was hanging out with the deaf group and they said we will pay for your food.”

Mr. Shinan had a glass cutting business which he managed himself but left it 2 months ago when he embarked on this journey. People would stop him and get pictures clicked with him and meeting deaf people from different states also extended his time.

NAD Treasurer, Mr. Vishal Arora asked the people there that who would like to join him and ride like him to which there were a few hands raised interested for the same!

Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary, NAD told that, “So as you go ahead in your journey and finish it safely without accident, we will make a proof report and present it to the Ministry of Road and Transport of India and show them that a deaf person can drive and ride and hopefully the government passes law to give driving license to the deaf.”

Next he travels to Kashmir then Nepal to Bhutan to Assam to Kolkata to Orissa to Hyderabad to and finally back to his hometown Thrissur, Kerala. He feels safe and confident going ahead and in case of any trouble he has hearing friends and Whatsapp group of bike riders. He’s careful and follows a strict time rule too. Morning 6am to evening 6pm only.

When asked about has the police ever stopped him, he said that yes just once in Mumbai but he showed the blue sign which says the driver is deaf and police let him go, no other happening like that.

Mr. Narayanan concluded, “That’s sweet and beautiful he has that sign board on the bike, travelling all over India.” And everyone went for a group photo session.

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Location: Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON DRAFT RULES OF RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The National Workshop on Draft Rules of Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held on 2nd April 2017 at Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Raod, New Delhi organised by National Association of the Deaf (NAD), All India Federation of the Deaf (AIFD) and All India Foundation of Deaf Women (AIFDW). It was a one day long workshop on Draft Rules of RPWD from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There were about 91 deaf leaders from all over India including Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal and etc.

The workshop started with the welcome note by Mr. Anuj Jain, Executive Director of NAD. He said that the RPWD Act received the assent of the President on 26th December 2016. Currently 2 people from the deaf sector are part of the planning committee for the draft rules, they are Shri A.S. Narayanan, President of National Association of the Deaf, Smt. Uma Tuli, Founder Secretary of Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust and Shri S K Rungta, General Secretary of National Federation of the Blind.

Mr. Anuj Jain Introduced all the participants in the workshop.

Mr. A S Narayanan, President of NAD the participants of the workshop that the top most priority for the deaf sector is Employment and then Education. He then shared his experience about the RPWD Bill. When an act gets asent from the president all the chapters in the act are then changed to rules. These rules may vary from the actual chapters and sections mentioned in the Act.

The government initially wanted to stick with the PWD act and asked the disability group to add on any changes to the act. After heavy discussions amongst the group it was decided that a new Act is what we need.

For the first time a deaf person was included in the working group of the Act. Narayanan was not familiar with the process of the act or anything of this sort and in these meetings he realised that his voice was not being heard. After a few meetings he learned to be strong and encouraged his interpreters to make sure his voice was heard by the other members every time.

In 2013, the RPWD Act could have been passed but the Lok Pal Bill became the major focus and was given the priority. NAD gathered 3000 people from all over India  at India gate to get the Bill passed in the parliament. We were successful in getting the attention of the media and the government but still there was no progress. In 2015, with the new government the RPWD bill was moved to the parliament and it was agreed that the term Hearing Impaired should not be solely used but the term Deaf and Hearing Impaired should be used.

Mr. T K M Sandeep, Vice President of NAD and CEO of Deaf Enabled Foundation said that the purpose for us to know all the chapters and sections in the Act meant for the deaf in the Bill is to ensure that all these provisions are carried forward in the Draft Rules of the RPWD bill too.

Mr. Sibaji Panda said other disability groups have come a long way fighting for their rightful needs. We have just started. Narayanan has been to a few meetings and has found it difficult to understand all the things because the terminology is different. Linking our needs to the services provided by the government is essential. Identification of such needs is then significant.

All of us are aware of the situation in public transport. The bus conductor shouts out the different drop off points and we the deaf are left unaware. We need to keep asking the fellow passengers when our stop will come. How long will we do this? We need to find a way to make our lives easier.

We are open to suggestions from all of you. So, now all the participants will be divided in groups.

Mr. A S Narayanan, President of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Onkar Sharma, General Secretary of All India Federation of the Deaf and Mrs. Uma Kapoor, General Secretary of All India Foundation of Deaf Women thanked everyone for coming and participating in the workshop.

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Location: Amity University, Noida    Projects: Awareness
National Anthem in Sign Language

National Association of the Deaf Team joined Mrs. Diana Lil Philips (Asst. Professor) from Amity University, Noida addressing the 2000 hearing students on 15th February, 2017 at Amity University, Noida. The response was tremendous and the 2000 hearing students were keen to implement certain changes in their working. They are willing to include Indian Sign Language as part of their training module to enable hearing students to interact with deaf people who approach them. Mrs. Diana Lil Philips (Asst. Professor), Amity University, Noida hopes for active participation from National Association of the Deaf in our student project on Sign Language in formulating this training module.

The program was organized by Amity University, Noida and around 2000 hearing students had attended the event.

Mr. Anuj Jain (Project Director), Mr. Shashi Kant (Supervisor), Ms. Sonia Bhatia (Program Officer), Mrs. Ritu Panda (Volunteer), Mr. Raj Kumar Jain (Volunteer), Mr. Shivoy Sharma (Interpreter) & Ms. Sarah Sharma (Interpreter) of National Association of the Deaf and Ms. Riya Kaur, daughter of deaf parent & student along with 10 students of Amity University, Noida sang the National Anthem in Sign Language on the stage in front of 2000 hearing students.

The National Anthem in Sign Language sent a powerful message on the importance of the promotion of Indian Sign language to Professors, Staff and Students of Amity University, Noida.

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Telecast of President's Address on 25/1 and Republic Day Parade on 26/1 with Sign Language

Dear Members/Non-Members,

Greetings from National Association of the Deaf! Good News to everyone that the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting approved the telecast of:

  1. The President of India's speech on the eve of the Republic Day on DD Bharati from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on 25th January 2017
  2. The Rupublic Day on DD News from 8:30am to 12:00pm on 26th January 2017.

Pls spread this message to anyone and share it with your friends.

With regards,
NAD India!

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Location: Outside DDA, Vikas Sadan, INA, New Delhi    Projects: RPWD
Dr. Rishi Raj Bhati must be reinstated back into the DDA with full dignity

Dr. Rishi Raj Bhati was recently appointed as Director, Public Relations of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and joined the said organisation on 10th January, 2017 on deputation. He is a person with disability (polio). The very next day, Dr. Bhati was handed over a relieving letter stating that the nature of the job would cause him “inconvenience” and that it would also “not be in the organization's interest.” 

This is a case of blatant discrimination! It was widely reported in the media on 12th January 2017. The episode also stirred a lot of anger amongst disability groups.

Disabled Rights Group (DRG) with NAD and many other disabled groups about 150 people  held a protest today against DDA's discriminatory action at outside DDA, Vikas Sadan, INA, New Delhi on 16th January, 2017.

A delegation met DDA Vice Chairman, Uday Pratap Singh who said DDA will issue a fresh letter of apology to Dr. Bhati and make every attempt to reinstate him with dignity. The delegation led by Javed Abidi, Convener, DRG, also asked for data on the number of persons with disabilities working in DDA along with a disability wise break up. DDA officials have promised that they will gather this information at the earliest and send it to DRG.

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Location: India Gate, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
World Disability Day 2016

Celebration, colors and commemoration - This is a summary of what Saturday morning looked like at India Gate in New Delhi.

6000 deaf people along with disabled people gathered at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities that is celebrated every year on 3rd December, 2016.

Organized by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) in partnership with American India Foundation (AIF), the event saw participation of not only persons with disabilities but their friends, families, National Association of the Deaf, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs), Corporates and many others.

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Location: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi    Projects: Accessibility Awareness
59th International Week of the Deaf

We organised the 59th International Week of the Deaf 2016, "With Sign Language, I am equal." at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket New Delhi on 3rd October 2016

We have special Chief Guest as Dr. Kamlesh Kumar Pandey, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Ministry for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Jagdish Kumar, Senior Consultant, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry for Social Justice & Empowerment, and Mr. Harish Soni, Consultant, Indian Sign Language Training & Research Centre.

NAD Team also performed our best for showing dance, deaf cultural India and sign langauge action.

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Location: India International Centre, Max Muellar Marg, New Delhi     Projects: Awareness
10th Anniversary Celebration of the National Association of the Deaf

We successfully organised the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the National Association of the Deaf on 21st February, 2016 at India Interantional Centre, Max Muellar Marg, New Delhi. We had invited Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment as a Chief Guest but he was unable to attend the event due to Haryana Jat Riot. Shri Jagdish Kumar, Deputy Secretary of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest. Shri A. S. Narayanan, Secretary, NAD addressed the welcome note. Shri Zorin Singha, President, NAD addressed the speech.

Among the Deaf there are several individuals who have extraordinary achievements to their credit. National Association of the Deaf loves to encourage and appreciate such Deaf achievers by giving them Achievers Deaf Awards. These achievers are a great source of inspiration to the members of the Deaf community. In addition to providing role models to the Deaf community, the Achiever Deaf Awards also serve the purpose of giving joy to the parents of the Deaf Achiever, along with a sense of importance to the individual. It is also a means for the Deaf community to show the rest of society that Deaf persons are capable of the great achievements and that they too can be counted to be as equal to all other citizens.

Shri Jagdish Kumar, Deputy Secretary of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India gave out the Deaf Achiever Awards to Shri T. K. M. Sandeep, CEO, Deaf Enabled Foundation, Shri Aqil Chinoy, Founder & CEO of Inspiralive and Shri K. C. Isaac, Founder & President, Kerala Association of the Deaf.

Shri T. K. M. Sandeep signed about his work and organisation to the audience.

Translation of News Report

Deaf-Dumb Conference Demands Official Status (Position) for Indian Sign Language

Monday February 22nd, 2016 Malayala Manorama (All Editions in Kerala, and Dubai etc.)

New Delhi,

The experst commission which constitutes the reformed Indian Sign Language should give Official Languges Position in India to Sign Languageas it was demanded in the deaf dumb national conference held at New Delhi on 21st to 22nd February, 2016. This conference was organized by National Association of the Deaf which is in the National Organisation for the Deaf.

It was decided by the central govt. last year that a research and training centre for Indian Sign Language should be established and to expand a common Indian Sign Language in India acceptable in all states.

In the Conference, Shri Jagdish Kumar, Deputy Secretary of Disabled Dept. declared that the centre will start functioning by July 2016. It is aiming at job traiing, language study, technical education to the deaf and dumb community which is 50 lakh or more number in India and proper steps will be taken for its study and research.

NAD has given to awards to K. C. Issac, President of Kerala Association Federation of the Deaf (Kottayam, Kerala), Aqil Chinoy (Mumbai) & T. K. M. Sandeep (Hyderabad) who have organized self employment projects and educational and employment cum training centres in their status.

It is to be noted that the function was organized in a quite different way than such other programmes in the capital. The speeches were short but meaningful in sign language without making hand applauses in sound, the deaf audience waved their hands in atmosphere to congratule the speakers.

The meeting started at correct time and ended 12 seconds before the deadline time. And at the end, there was attractive “National Anthem” in sign language and it was another better display for National Patriotism.

Photo:- K. C. Issac (KAFD) President receives awards of NAD from Jagadish Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Disabled Dept., Central Govt. NAD President Zorin Singha and General Secretary A. S. Narayanan are nearby.

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Location: Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi    Projects: Accessibility Awareness ISLRTC
6th National Deaf Conference 2016

We successfully for the 6th National Deaf Conference 2016 being held at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi between 20th to 21st February, 2016. We have many deaf lecturers signing to the 200 deaf delegates from all over the country participating in the 6th National Deaf Conference 2016. The conference started with the welcome note by Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD.

  1. Mr. Alok Kejriwal, Managing Director, Archana Ampoules Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, “Deaf can do.”
  2. Mr. T. K. M. Sandeep, CEO, & Mr. Hari Hara Kumar, Director Education, Deaf Enabled Foundation, “Technology on Education for the Deaf”.
  3. Mr. Vivek Mehta, Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Charu Dutta & Mr. Gagan Arora, deafeasy, “Technology & Accessibility”
  4. Mr. Sharique Khan, Ms. Deepna Sonani& Mr. Adnan Khan, Qugo, “Chat with Animations”.
  5. Ms. Shilpi Kedia, Managing Director, BarrierBreak Technologies, Mumbai.
  6. Mrs. Preeti Saini, General Secretary, Association of Sign Language Interpreters, “ISL interpreter for Deaf Community in India”.
  7. Mr. Gyanendra Purohit, Founder, Anand Deaf School, “ISL Bill and Including Recognition Official Language”.
  8. Mr. Aqil Chinoy, Founder & CEO, Inspiralive, “Technology for the Deaf”.
  9. Mr. Rajesh Ketkar, Assistant Director, Ishara Foundation, “Accessibility on Video”.
  10. Mr. Sunil Sahasrabudhe, ISL Teacher for NIHH & Mr. Mohd.Shafique, ISL Teacher for NIHH. 11. Mr. Sachin Singh, Teacher, DSMNRU, “Technology & Accessibility”.
  11. Mr. K. C. Isaac, Founder & President, Kerala Association of the Deaf, “History of Deaf People” in India.
  12. Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary, NAD, & Mr. Zorin Singha, President, NAD, “RPWD Bill, ISLRTC & Driving License for the Deaf”.

Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD The programs were a great success and a great source of encouragement and inspiration to all our 200 deaf  delegates from Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kerala, Chennai, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh,  and other parts of India participated in the Conference. It has benefited a lot for deaf delegates learning about 13 deaf lecturers’s presentations. They are very impressed by our Conference.

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Location: India Gate, New Delhi     Projects: Awareness General
World Disabled Day 2015

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) & National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) shared organizing the World Disability Day 2015 successfully, we had a symbolic WALK to Freedom at the lawns of Boat Club next to Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, Delhi on 3rd December, 2015. 

A symbolic Walk to Freedom with over 7500 deaf people and disabled people from all over India was held on 3rd December 2015 at India Gate, New Delhi to commemorate both the occasion of World Disability Day and 20 years of the passage of the Act. The participants included people with disabilities, their friends, families, and supporters. The walk also saw Parliamentarians and other dignitaries come out to show their support towards disability. 

All events and initiatives under the Campaign aimed to not just ensure that the disability movement in India achieves the maximum exposure possible (and that too at an opportune time, with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 currently pending in the Parliament), they also attempted to spread awareness about the agendas and imperatives to the farthest reaches of the country. 

Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD, Mr. Dhananjay Bansal, General Secretary of Silent Sports Promotion Society, Smt. Uma Kapoor, General Secretary of All India Foundation of Deaf Women, Mr. Somesh Sharma, Advisor of All India Sports Council of the Deaf, Lalit Kumar, Executive Member of Delhi Associaiton of the Deaf, Dr. Madan Vasishta, PhD., Former Professor of Gallaudet University, Mr. Sibaji Panda, Vice President of All India Federation of the Deaf & Mr. Vivek Mehta, Chief Technology Officer shared speaking related to an Official Language as recognition of Indian Sign Language in the Constitute, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the celebration of 20 years for the Persons with Disablitied Act 1995. 

Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD, Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD, Mr. Javed Abidi, Honorary Director of NCPEDP, the officials of America India Foundation, the officials of Hans Foundation and Shri Mahesh Giri, Hon’ble Member of Parliament shared the showcases on the stage behind India Gate. They flagged off 500 balloons to the High Sky Up. Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD taught the Basic Sign Language Class to the large audience. The Deaf Members of National Association of the Deaf performed the drama related to “United we stand, divided we fall”.

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Location: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
58th International Week of The Deaf Celebration 2015 “With Sign Language Rights Our Children Can!”

We organized the 58th International Week of the Deaf “With Sign Language Rights Our Children Can!” between 26th to 27th September, 2015 at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, and New Delhi. We are happy to share the work the done by the National Association of the Deaf. It was the great experienced to done such a nice event at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi. Our mission was to promote the Human Rights of Deaf people and also promote the Indian Sign Language so that ordinary people can also communicate with the deaf people. We, 15 deaf staff and volunteers have given the Literatures of Deaf Culture and the brochures of IWD 2015 to the hearing people. We were getting a good response from the people came over there. They appreciated our team work a lot. They also showed their interest to be a part of our organization. We spread awareness about the Indian Sign Language and Human Rights of Deaf People so that the ordinary people can also help them in different manner. Through this event ordinary people came to know how they can communicate with the deaf people. After they talked our 6 Sign Language Interpreter they came to know how they communicate with deaf people through sign language. We aware the people about Sign Language through our screen projectors or our interpreters were also there to help the hearing people to communicate with deaf people. 

Most of the people were not aware about the NAD. Though this event people become to know about Deaf People and Indian Sign Language. People showed their interest to learn the Indian Sign Language. They were giving a good response to us. They wanted to join our organization or support us. They also gave donation for this good cause. They praised our organization for doing this Event. We were very thankful to Select Citywalk Mall for supporting our organization and other supporters who helped us a lot.

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NAD Team Celebrated the PM Approving the ISLRTC as an Autonomous Body at BJP’s Headquarter Office

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) today hailed the Centre’s decision to establish an autonomous Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre here. “The decision will help to grow Indian Sign Language and positively change lives of millions of deaf in the country including producing a large number of sign language interpreter,” a spokeperson for the association said. “Approval of autonomy to Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre by the Centre coincides with the International Week of the Deaf celebrated by deaf communities world over in the last week of September. This decision of the Indian Government would raise its standing in the eyes of world of deaf community,” he added. The Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi  yesterday had approved the setting up the Centre dedicated to exclusively developing the Indian Sign Language, something that was missing so for in the training curricula in this specialised field. The Centre will be located initially at the Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi. This  decision is expected to help the five million suffering from hearing disabilities in the country. It will also provide for an increased accessibility for the hearing impaired in education, in the workplace and in the all activities of public life. The Centre will draw experts from national level organisations of the deaf, universities, academics institutions and independent experts in India Sign Language. UNI PR CH NK1654-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0104-351566.Xml

Links from:- http://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/India/20150923/2684894.html

NAD welcomes govt's decision to set up Sign Language Centre

(Rptg, rephrasing headline)

New Delhi, Sep 23 (UNI) The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) today hailed the Centre's decision to establish an autonomous Indian Sign Language Research and training Centre here.

''The decision will help to grow Indian sign language and positively change lives of millions of deaf in the country including producing a large number of sign language interpreters,'' a spokesperson for the association said.

Read more at http://www.uniindia.com/nad-welcomes-govt-s-decision-to-set-up-sign-language-centre/national/news/210870.html#pJP2oK0WcZg84T3q.99

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Location: Auditorium, Fr. Agnel School, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi    Projects: Deaf Youth
State Level Workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Youth 58th International Week of The Deaf Celebration-15

We have also been able to successfully conduct the State Level Workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Youth at Auditorium, Fr. Agnel School, Gautam Nagar, Delhi on 20th September, 2015.

The seminar started with the welcome note by Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD. Ms. Rupmani Chettari, NAD’s North India Deaf Women Committee & Deaf Youth Team of NAD shared the powerpoint presentation about International Week of Deaf “With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can!”. Members of Noida Deaf Friendship Club & Delhi Deaf Friendship Club showed their different skits and Mime about hearing parents of deaf child and Deaf parents of deaf child.

Chief Guest Mr. Onkar Sharma, General Secretary of All India Federation of the Deaf, Guest of Honour Mr. Suresh Prakash, Treasurer of All India Federation of the Deaf and Guest of Honour Mr. Suresh Ahuja, Executive Member of AIFD are invited in the Workshop. They spoke about NAD is the best advocacy organization for demanding Govt. for our human rights for the deaf.

Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD shared the powerpoint presentation about history of Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre. Mr. Sachin Singh, Member of NAD shared powerpoint presentation about United Nations at USA.

Ms. Ritu Panda, Member of NAD shared powerpoint presentation about visiting the Regional South Asia World Federation of the Deaf.

Mr. Rahul Garg, Assistant Coordinator of NAD shared powerpoint presentation about Understanding Deaf Children. There are about 250 deaf young people from NCR participated in the Workshop. They are very impressed by our workshop.

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Location: Village Patparganj, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Delhi    Projects: Awareness
NAD Team Organised the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

We, NAD Team organised the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) at Restaurant, Balcony, Tea Stall, Food Stall & Roads near NAD Office, 102, 19-A, Vishal Complex, Village Patparganj, Delhi on 2nd October, 2014. There were including Mr. Anuj Jain (Joint Secretary of NAD), Ms. Sonia Bhatia (Staff of NAD), Mr. Raj Kumar Jain (Staff of NAD), Ms. Harmeet Kaur (Interpreter of NAD), Mr. DeepuBalani (Volunteer of NAD), Mr. Surya Pratap (Volunteer of NAD), Mr. Bharat Sharma (Volunteer of NAD) & Mrs. Deepa (Volunteer of NAD) attending support the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

We followed our Prime Minister of India, Narender Modi launching Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He's so good leader of India. We follow his example.

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Location: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
57th International Week of The Deaf Celebration 2014 “Strengthening Human Diversity” - Day 2

We organized the 57th International Week of the Deaf “Strengthening Human Diversity” on 28thSeptember, 2014 at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, and New Delhi. We are happy to share the work the done by the National Association of the Deaf. It was the great experienced to done such a nice event at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi. Our mission was to promote the Human Rights of Deaf people and also promote the Indian Sign Language so that ordinary people can also communicate with the deaf people. We, 10 deaf staff and volunteers have given the Literatures of Deaf Culture and the brochures of IWD 2014 to the hearing people. We were getting a good response from the people came over there. They appreciated our team work a lot. They also showed their interest to be a part of our organization. We spread awareness about the Indian Sign Language and Human Rights of Deaf People so that the ordinary people can also help them in different manner. Through this event ordinary people came to know how they can communicate with the deaf people. After they talked our 6 Sign Language Interpreter they came to know how they communicate with deaf people through sign language. We aware the people about Sign Language through our screen projectors or our interpreters were also there to help the hearing people to communicate with deaf people.

Most of the people were not aware about the NAD. Though this event people become to know about Deaf People and Indian Sign Language. People showed their interest to learn the Indian Sign Language. They were giving a good response to us. They wanted to join our organization or support us. They also gave donation for this good cause. They praised our organization for doing this Event. We were very thankful to Select Citywalk Mall for supporting our organization and other supporters who helped us a lot.

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Location: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
57th International Week of The Deaf Celebrations 2014 “Strengthening Human Diversity” - Day 1

We organized the 57th International Week of the Deaf "Strengthening Human Diversity" on 27thSeptember, 2014 at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, and New Delhi. We are happy to share the work the done by the National Association of the Deaf. It was the great experienced to done such a nice event at Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, and New Delhi. Our mission was to promote the Human Rights of Deaf people and also promote the Indian Sign Language so that ordinary people can also communicate with the deaf people. We, 10 deaf staff and volunteers have given the Literatures of Deaf Culture and the brochures of IWD 2014 to the hearing people. We were getting a good response from the people came over there. They appreciated our team work a lot. They also showed their interest to be a part of our organization. We spread awareness about the Indian Sign Language and Human Rights of Deaf People so that the ordinary people can also help them in different manner. Through this event ordinary people came to know how they can communicate with the deaf people. After they talked our 6 Sign Language Interpreter they came to know how they communicate with deaf people through sign language. We aware the people about Sign Language through our screen projectors or our interpreters were also there to help the hearing people to communicate with deaf people.

Most of the people were not aware about the NAD. Though this event people become to know about Deaf People and Indian Sign Language. People showed their interest to learn the Indian Sign Language. They were giving a good response to us. They wanted to join our organization or support us. They also gave donation for this good cause. They praised our organization for doing this Event. We were very thankful to Select Citywalk Mall for supporting our organization and other supporters who helped us a lot.

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Location: IBN 7 TV News at Studio, Noida    Projects: RPWD
Veer: Salman's 'Being Human' to Launch a Campaign for Specially-Abled

Superstar Salman Khan's Being Human Foundation has joined hands with a news channel to launch Veer, a two-month-long media campaign showcasing case examples of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), who have succeeded in their endeavours on the strength of their self-belief.

Aerated drink Thums Up has joined hands with its brand ambassador Salman's Being Human Foundation and CNN-IBN for the campaign, which has American India Foundation (AIF) as implementation partners.

The initiative aims to reach out to PwDs with skill training and employment opportunities. It will also raise advocacy on issues revolving around inclusiveness, employability of PwDs and workplace accessibility.

In its first phase, the campaign aims to collect funds to train and economically empower at least 1,000 PwDs.

"Together with Thums Up, Being Human has launched Veer, a campaign that recognizes the potential of differently abled individuals and provides them with a level playing field," Salman, who starred in a 2010 film of the same name as the campaign, said in a statement.

Towards the cause, several panel discussions are set to be held with participation from noted names from the government, corporate, NGOs, policy makers and donors of the campaign to discuss on the way forward to empower the country's specially-abled.

The launch episode of Veer, which will be aired Saturday, will introduce the viewers to the idea behind the campaign and it will tell how every Indian can get involved.

The series with four episodes will run in conjunction with digital platforms.

Mr. Zorin Singha, President of National Association of the Deaf, Mr. Anuj Jain, Project Director of National Association of the Deaf, 10 Members of NAD, 20 Students of Noida Deaf Society and other disabled group participated in the Veer: Salman's 'Being Human' to Launch a Campaign for Specially-Abled at IBN 7 TV News Studio at Noida on 27th December, 2013.

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Location: Jharoda Kalan, Najafgarh, Delhi    Projects: Awareness
Sign Language Program for Delhi Police Training College

National Association of the Deaf Team joined the students from Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), University of Delhi in addressing Delhi Police personnel on the 1st of Nov, 2013 at Police Training College at Jharoda Kalan, Najafgarh, Delhi. The response was tremendous and the Delhi police is keen to implement certain changes in their working. They are willing to include Indian Sign Language as part of their training module to enable police personnel to interact with deaf and mute people who approach them. Mrs. Sukrita Paul Kumar, Programme Coordinator, CIC University of Delhi hope for active participation from National Association of The Deaf in our student project on Sign Language in formulating this training module. CIC is also preparing a list of official interpreters with their contact details to be handed to the Commissioner, Delhi Police that could be circulated to all the police stations for ready reference.

Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of National Association of the Deaf talked about the problems deaf individuals face while dealing with police personnel & the issues related to effective handling of cases of violence against deaf persons while presenting at an Orientation session on “The Need for the Police Redressal of Grievances of Deaf and the Use of Sign Language”. The program was organized by Cluster Innovation Centre of the University of Delhi (CIC) and attended by around 1100 Police Personnel and ACP, DCP had attended the event.

Mr. Anuj Jain (Joint Secretary), Ms. Sonia Bhatia (Program Officer), Ashish Goyal (Co-worker) of National Association of the Deaf showed our skits about robbery and rape. The skit was performed in a contrasting manner where one was acted out without the assistance on a sign language interpreter and the second scenario was with an interpreter. The contrast was visible to all the cadets. The confusion, misunderstandings that existed in the first scenario due to communication gap between the police officer and victim and that gap was solved through the presence of a sign language interpreter in the second scenario. This skit sent a powerful message on the importance of promotion of Indian Sign language.

Location: Auditorium, St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45-B, Chandigarh    Projects: Accessibility
56th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2013 “Equality for Deaf People”

We organised the 56th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2013 on ‘Equality for Deaf People’ on 29th September, 2013 at St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45-B, Chandigarh. There were about 950 deaf members from all over Punjab participating in the function. We have invited the Chief Guest Smt. Gagandeep Kaur Dhindsa, wife of Honorable Shri Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Minister of Finance, Punjab.

The function started with the welcome note by Mr. Jagdip Singh Sodhi, Executive Board Member of NAD. Mr. Vishal Arora, Treasurer of NAD spoke briefly on Equality for Deaf People to deaf audience.

The purpose of the event which we have been organizing the past year, is to promote and encourage lifetime achievement among Deaf people. We want them to believe that they can do it – that they are capable and gifted.

Prizes were awarded to deaf men and women for showing performance for drama by Deaf Members from Chandigarh Deaf Friendship Society.

These guests were presented with a Bhangra Dance performed by Deaf Members from Patiala Deaf Friendship Club.

Smt. Gagandeep Kaur Dhindsa, Wife of Honorable Shri Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Minister of Finance, Punjab was the Chief Guest giving away the awards.

We have given the list of Lifetime Achievement Awardees below:-

  • Mrs. Rupinder Kaur, Mohali, Punjab
  • Mrs. Sangeeta Sharma, Chandigarh
  • Mrs. Manpreet Kaur Ghuman, Patiala, Punjab
  • Mr. Amandeep Sharma, Patiala, Punjab
  • Mr. Nikhil Jindal, Ludhiana, Punjab
  • Mr. Deepak Arora, Jalandhar, Punjab
  • Mr. Navneet Khurana, Chandigarh

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Location: Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
56th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2013  “Equality for Deaf People”

We organised the 56th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2013 on ‘Equality for Deaf People’ on 28th September, 2013 at Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi. There were about 165 deaf members from all over NCR participating in the Workshop. We had invited the special lecturers Mr. Sibaji Panda (International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK) & Ms. Melisa, Lingustic (Jawahar Lal University, New Delhi).

The workshop started with the welcome note by Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD.  Mr. Sibaji Panda took a session on Equality for Deaf People to deaf audience. It was an interactive session taking in participants’ view on equality and to identify what all is needed to achieve equality and explaining how to work on the list to be a citizen at par with others.

Ms. Melisa talked on the deaf issues focusing on the linguistic aspect. A deaf community is also a linguistic minority that uses Sign Language for communication. She shared a brief insight of her research with the school system using Indian Sign Language which was still rare and hard to come across.

This year’s theme focuses on equality for deaf people, amongst deaf people and promoted by deaf people. Equality for Deaf People recognises contributions by deaf people to global prosperity, human rights of all deaf people, and preparation of deaf communities for future challenges.

Equality for Deaf People celebrates the linguistic, artistic, social, political and cultural contributions and accomplishments of deaf people. This theme also focuses on recognition of sign languages and the rights of deaf people around India. Focus on Equality for Deaf People also prepares us to look towards the future with a clear vision with renewed energies for creating positive change in local communities worldwide.

International Week of the Deaf provides an excellent opportunity to share and discuss ways to promote collaboration on equality for deaf people based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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Location: Booth No. 129, Sector 46-B, Chandigarh    Projects: General
State Bank of India inaugurated NAD’s New Branch Office in Chandigarh

Mr. Vishal Arora (Treasurer of NAD), Mr. Dilip Kumar Jangir (Executive Member of NAD), Mr. Jagdip Singh Sodhi (Executive Member of NAD), Mr. Yogesh Kumar (Public Relation Officer of NAD) and Ms. Angel Singha (Interpreter of NAD) organised the inaugural function for opening new branch office of NAD at Booth No. 129, Sector 46-B, Chandigarh on 31stAugust, 2013.

State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, proudly associated with the inaugural function of the National Association of the Deaf at its only office in the north of New Delhi in Sector 46-B, Chandigarh. The SBI had assisted the NAD by providing furniture, computer with printers and projector for the new office. The NAD office is engaged in spreading knowledge about Sign Language, Advocacy, Legal Purpose, Workshop and necessity or normal people to understand the same to be able to assist the deaf in exigencies.

While addressing the gathering, Shri Madhukar Anand, Regional Manager, State Bank of India (Region/Punjab), Chandigarh, explained about various CSR initiatives of the bank which have had widespread impact on the residents of the Tri-City and in particular those who are specially abled.

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Location: Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector 1, Chandigarh    Projects: Deaf Women
International Women’s Day

The event was inaugurated by the SHO of Chandigarh, Mrs. Harjeet Kaur. It was a highly interactive session where the deaf women got the chance of discussing all the problems and obtaining the necessary security information and tips for a safer living. The SHO shared few very important information and ways to protect ourselves. SHO was greatly moved an impressed by the enthusiastic back and forth dialogues with deaf women. And she was interested in learning and promoting Indian Sign Lanugage among the police force.

After the session, Mrs. Reena Jain, Mrs. Mamta Nagpal and Mrs. Vandana Varshney of the Executive Committee Members of North India, National Association of the Deaf organized a few games with the participants. Towards the end, the glorious event was dismissed with the cake cutting ceremony.

We saw a gathering of around 105 deaf women from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. We were very thankful to Chanidgarh Club Ltd. for sponsoring our organization and other supporters who helped us a lot.

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Location: New Delhi    Projects: General
Republic Day Tableaux 2013

Department of Disability Affairs Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

 

THEME OF THE TABLEAUX: INCLUSION, ACCESSIBILITY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND EMPOWERMENT

Rabindranath Tagore has rightly said, “The problem is not how to wipe out the differences but how to unite with the differences intact”.

According to Census 2001, there were 2.19 crore persons with disabilities in India constituting 2.13% of the population. Physical and mental impairments result in disability. Attitudinal and environmental barriers hinder full and effective participation of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others in society. Disability can be mitigated by changing our perception and by creating a more conducive environment.

The Republic Day tableaux 2013, of the newly set up Department of Disability Affairs, of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, portrays persons with disabilities as  equal citizens of the nation enjoying all fundamental rights and freedoms in an inclusive society.

The tableau showcases inclusion through a live cultural program, led by a DPO (Disabled Persons Organisation), Disabled Power Group. The group is an inclusive group which includes persons with disabilities and non disabled persons, performing to a song carrying a message of solidarity, celebration and dreams.  A sculpture on the side of the tableaux depicts inclusion in creative arts. Inclusion as citizens is represented through a picture of a woman holding different identity cards symbolizing equality between all. The tableaux carries the message that the needs of persons with disabilities are the same as other citizens, which has been represented by portraying the symbols of  various sectors like health, education, sports, recreation, religion, financial services on a revolving Rubik's Cube.

Accessibility is a key to opening doors and pathways. Physical accessibility is showcased on the tableaux, through a ramp allowing wheel chair users to perform freely. A sign language interpreter (Angel Singha) is seen translating the song on the tableau which depicts accessibility incommunication, which will also be screened on the LED screens on the sides of the trailer.Accessible communication is also depicted on the semi-circular sides of the trailer wherein the words from the Constitution of India, “Equality” “Fraternity”, “Justice” and “Liberty” have been written in Braille and Sign Language. At the bottom of the trailer is a runner of disability signs and symbols, which increase accessibility of information in the public information systems.

Empowerment is symbolically represented through all the above depictions and concretized in the sculpture of persons with disabilities and others holding each other and moving forward, with the National Flag in the centre. Mural paintings depicting contributions of people with disabilities cover the sides of the tableau.

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Location: India Gate to Jantar Mantar, New Delhi    Projects: Awareness
World Disability Day 2012, Recognise Indian Sign Language as one of the official languages of India

On the occasion of World Disability Day, 3rd December 2012, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) received participation of more than 10,000 deaf persons today. Deaf persons came from 20 different states including Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh. Their demand was to meet the Home Minister to discuss on including Indian Sign Language as one of the official languages of India.

NAD started the solidarity rally at 11.00 a.m. from India Gate and finished at 12.00 p.m. at Jantar Mantar. The formation for the rally was 2 kms long. After sending two letters to the Home Minister and consistently following up with his office for over a month for an appointment, NAD felt a strong need to have a rally and to not move until the Home Minister gives them the time.

After raising our demand repeatedly, NAD were given an appointment with Addl. P.S. to Home Minister at 5.30 p.m. Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD and Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD went for the meeting along with the Sign Language interpreter. While they waited in the lobby, the Home Minister came to them and talked to them about their need. Mr. Narayanan explained the need for giving Indian Sign Language the official status. The development of the Deaf community is hinged on Sign Language because their life is entirely based on vision and common language, the culture is also based no visual expression and Sign Language. Home Minister assured them his support and directed his OSD to talk to them in detail. He also mentioned that Indian Sign language falls under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Minister will be directing Mrs. Rushima Goel, JSHR of Languages to look into their matter. NAD has written to her and they look forward to a positive response.

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Location: T. T. Stadium, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh    Projects: Awareness
55th International Week of the Deaf Celebrations 2012, A Friendship Evening

55th International Week of the Deaf was celebrated on 7th October 2012 hosted by Bhopal Deaf Association in association with M.P. Association of the Deaf. There were many programs that were held simultaneously in the capital of M.P. The program was conducted in 2 parts.

The first part was the Deaf Awareness Rally where around 500-600 deaf people participated from all over M.P. The rally began in the morning at 11:00 from Motilal Science College till T.T Nagar Stadium. We created awareness for Sign Language and deaf culture amongst the hearing public. The placards too were very helpful for passing our message and our needs.

The second part of the program was held in T.T Stadium community hall in the form of cultural programs, a friendship evening which included the sharing of the progress in the Deaf community in recent years. It was an auspicious event where both, BDFC and DCF performed dance numbers and plays. This year also saw the birth of a new organisation, "Deaf Can Foundation" which is headed by Mrs. Priti Shah Soni under which things like vocational and educational training takes place. Many other things that were conducted by her were elaborated for the deaf people. The program marked the glorious presence of Mr. Kamlesh Dutta, Head of Indian Oil Corp. who was overwhelmed and wished us best of our future. Mr. Jaichand Singh, Acting Secretary of BDA shared about the progress that their association is making. On this occasion Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Mr. Saju Stephen, Joint-Secretary, NAD, Mr. Kamlesh Dongre, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Association of Deaf and Mr. Anoop Chitwadgi, President of Bhopal Deaf Association were present.

Mr. A.S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD said that he has attended several programs but the way this program was conducted was new and different. He also wished his best to the entire community.

Moreover we had an opportunity to meet Mr. Gokarand from Bhilai, Chattisgarh who is deaf and has lost both his hands. He is a marvel and independent. From eating to studying, writing and even sending a SMS or operating a computer, he does it with the help of his legs.

The program was delightfully interpreted by Ms. Khushi Soni, Ms. Mini Chitawadgi, and Ms. Khushi Dongre. We, like every citizen of this country, have our rights and the implementation of the Disability Act will bring equality, independence and rightful participation in all social, economic spheres and improve the quality of living.

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Location: Hotel Om Tower, Jaipur, Rajasthan    Projects: Awareness
55th International Week of The Deaf Celebrations 2012 Sign Bilingualism is a Human Right’ Conference

“A sign bilingual child is the one who uses two or more languages in their daily life, at least one of which is a sign language.

Sign bilingual education is an approach to the education of deaf children, which, in India, will use Indian Sign Language and a spoken language.”

We have over 17 million deaf people in our country. The quality of education that is provided in deaf schools is poor because the society has a hard time understanding the culture and linguistic needs of the Deaf community.

Our teachers need to be equipped and trained in Sign Language before teaching a class of deaf children. Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre should train the teachers in Sign Language and Deaf culture so that education can be imparted in the best way possible. This was discussed by Prof. Dr. Madan Vasishta, Chief Advisor of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre and also an associate professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Over 50 teachers and principals of deaf schools from Jaipur participated in this conference. It was an interactive seminar led by Dr. Vasishta on the basic understanding of the importance of sign language being a mother tongue of a deaf child.