National Association of the Deaf team was invited for the one day Sign Language Sensitization Program, organized by Delhi Police, on sign language and deaf. It was held at the Specialized Training Center, Rajendra Nagar Police Station, New Delhi on 22nd February 2018. The program was attended by around 50 police officials, including constables to ASI.
Mr. Anuj Jain, Executive Director of NAD started the session by sharing the knowledge about sign language and how to identify a deaf person by seeing them signing and the sign for ‘deaf’ that is pointing index finger first to the ear then on mouth. He imparted practical knowledge to the people present there and conducted basic sign language class. Ms. Sonia Bhatia, Member of NAD also accompanied Mr. Jain and enacted various scenarios depicting situations with deaf person and police officials. Mr. Shivoy Sharma, Interpreter of NAD was part of acts where the role of interpreters was shown and how to deal in situations where interpreters were not present or difficult to arrange, by written communication or using visual cues.
Everyone was on the same page and similar voices echoed on the importance of spreading awareness about sign language to other departments too so that the grievances, complaints and problems of the deaf people can also be taken up without any hassle and for smooth communication.