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Location: New Delhi    Projects: Accessibility ISLRTC
Request Accessibility telecast via Indian Sign Language on the even Republic Day

Dear Friends,

   Good News from NAD India that Minister for Information and Broadcasting approved that Doordarshan has arranged the accessible telecast on the sign language interpreter for Hon'ble President of India's speech on the eve of the Republic Day on 25th January 2018 at 630pm to 7pm or 7pm to 730pm on DD Bharti TV & the Republic Day on 26th January 2018 at 830am to onwards on DD News TV & DD Bharti TV.

Please share it with anyone. 

With regards from NAD India.


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Location: New Delhi    Projects: Website
Membership Verification Pending

Dear Member,

This is to inform you that your Membership Registration is under progress. We will be verifiying with the following documents:

  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of Disability (if applicable)
  • Receipt of Payments (if applicable)

I hope you have provided the above points. When the verification process is passed, your Membership will be activated. 

Thank you for your patience.

Registration Team
National Association of the Deaf

Location: 4, Vishnu Dig Amber Marg, New Delhi - 11002    Projects: ISLRTC
National Conference on “Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language”

Dear Sir/Madam,

Warm greetings from ISLRTC, New Delhi!

It gives us immense pleasure to bring to your kind notice that Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), New Delhi under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India is organizing a two-day national conference on “Empowering Deaf through Indian Sign Language” on 20th -21st March, 2017. We are happy to invite you for the conference. Please forward this mail to all your colleagues in your institute and all others who are in touch with you from our field for wider circulation.

Brochure of the National Conference and the registration form is attached herewith for your reference.

You can send the scanned copy of the registration form duly filled in to the email id: or through post to the address given on the top of the registration form.

Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC)
Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India
IPH, 4, Vishnu Digamber Marg, New Delhi -110002


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1 Registration Form The Registration Form PDF / (0.81 MB)
2 ISLRTC Brochure Brochure about the ISLRTC Conference PDF / (0.90 MB)

Location: New Delhi    Projects: Accessibility Deaf Youth
National Conference on Deaf Youth, Human Rights, Leadership & Advocacy

Date: 27th February to 1st March, 2017 (3 Days Workshop)

Venue: Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, Teen Murti Road, New Delhi.

In today's rapidly changing world, the need for the infusion for young and dynamic leadership is becoming increasingly apparent and the deaf world is no exception to this crying need. The Deaf need direction and training and their talents and capabilities need channeling. These trainees in turn share their knowledge with other young Deaf people throughout the country.

The importance of Leadership Training cannot be emphasized enough. Looking forward to a better future for the Deaf in India without investing in the leadership skills of the next generation would rightly be called 'short­ sightedness'. The people at Organisations are concerned that the future of their organization and the Deaf community should be secure in well trained and groomed leaders. Thus Leadership Training is one of the important training programmes we have..


During the workshop, we will invite International Deaf Speakers and National professioals to talk on these issues and to advise the youth leaders how to tackle these problems in their region. There is also an open discussion among the participants to work on a project which can be implemented in the future. We will be encouraging the youth leaders to organize talks and discussions on development in their region very often.

Joseph Murray

Dr. Joseph Murray

Vice-President, World Federation of the Deaf, USA
Madan Vasishta

Dr. Madan Vasishta

Associate Professor, Gallaudet University, USA
Cecilia Hanhikoski

Cecilia Hanhikoski

President, World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section, Finland
Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan

Director of Operations and Compliance, The Learning Centre for the Deaf, USA
Mark Berry

Mark Berry

Vice President, World Federation of the Deaf, Youth Section, New Zealand

Programme Schedule

Programme Schedule


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1 NCDYLA Announcement Letter Announcement Letter from A.S.Narayanan, GS of NAD. PDF / (0.21 MB)
2 NCDYLA Fee & Application Form The fees and application form for attending NCDYLA programme. PDF / (0.12 MB)
3 NCDYLA Brochure 2017 The brochure with full information and details about NCDYLA. JPG / (0.15 MB)
4 NCDYLA Programme Schedule The Details and Programme Schedule of 3 Days Events. JPG / (0.28 MB)

Location: Rajya Sabha, Indian Parliament    Projects: RPWD
Rights of Persons With Disabilities 2016 Bill

We are pleased to share with you all, the official Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, that was approved by the President of India on 27th December, 2016. You can refer to the following link to download the documents. 

We have also enclosed the older versions of RPWD, and later we will add PWD 1995 for your records.


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1 RPWD Bill 2016 (passed by Rajya Sabha) This is the bill that was passed by Rajya Sabha. It does not contain the changes passed by Lok Sabha. PDF / (0.15 MB)
2 Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 The Official RPWD Act, 2016 that was approved by the President of India on 27th December, 2016. PDF / (1.14 MB)

Location:     Projects: Website
Annual Reports

The Annual Reports of National Association of the Deaf collected from the date of establishment till date.


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1 Annual Report - 2005-06 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.85 MB)
2 Annual Report - 2007-08 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.63 MB)
3 Annual Report - 2009-10 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (1.30 MB)
4 Annual Report - 2010-11 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.43 MB)
5 Annual Report - 2011-12 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.21 MB)
6 Annual Report - 2012-13 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.41 MB)
7 Annual Report - 2013-14 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.29 MB)
8 Annual Report - 2014-15 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (0.56 MB)
9 Annual Report - 2015-16 Downloadable PDF Version PDF / (1.46 MB)
WFD Congratulates NAD for ISLRTC as an Autonomous Body

NAD receives the letter from the President of World Federation of the Deaf congraulating NAD for its success in obtaining the Government of India's approval for setting up of ISLRTC as an autonomous body.


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1 World Federation of the Deaf - 29 Sept 2015 Letter from the President of WFD congratulating NAD for establishment of ISLRTC. JPG / (0.09 MB)

Location: India    Projects: Accessibility Awareness General
The Week Health Magazine

The Week Health Magazine

India on 30th August 2015




By Mandira Nayar | August 30, 2015

Millions of hearing-impaired Indians fail to communicate for want of a fully-evolved vocabulary of their own. India's sign language is crying for recognition

  • "The idea of signing to communicate in public was forbidden. If I ever tried to talk to them [parents] outside, they used to hold my hands. I was taught that signing was somehow shameful"- Anuj Jain, who is part of the National Association of the Deaf

A.S. Narayanan has never had a conversation with his family. He spent the first 15 years of his life in silence. Narayanan is like over a million Indians who are defined by their inability to hear. But if you are hearing impaired in India—it is worse than children of a lesser god that all differently-abled are lumped in with—the discrimination is a little more fundamental: it is the denial of a language.

Standing in front of the flea market lane of Janpath at Connaught Place in Delhi, Narayanan, much older now, laughs. “I grew up alone,’’ he says. “At most, they would ask me if I had eaten. Or, if I was okay? I brought myself up.’’ Surabhi, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia, is his translator. Signing came naturally to her. “It was the first language I learnt,’’ she says. “My parents are deaf. I learnt English later.”

It was years later that the idea of conversation, even communication that wasn’t just functional, came into being for Narayanan. He is now the office-bearer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) in India and is off to Chandigarh for the weekend to hold a workshop on training with young students. It has become easier to communicate with cellphones and computers, but the language is still borrowed.

So far, the Indian sign language is still at a nascent stage. “There are millions of words in a language. In India, we only have a few thousands,” says Narayanan. “The language has not even evolved.” The Indian sign language comprises rudimentary signs, mostly instinctive, but it is far from the codified recognised language like the American sign language.

For the past few months, the NAD has been advocating for an autonomous Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre. The idea is to explore, expand and foster the Indian sign language. This centre was allotted in the 11th Five-Year Plan but is yet to see the light of day. The project was moved to the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Eighteen months ago the government chose to move the centre from IGNOU to the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of the Hearing Handicapped. This, as one activist from NAD put it, is like “asking a wolf to raise a lamb’’. The institute believes in an oral approach to deaf education, virtually denying the deaf a chance to build a language that is rooted in their own culture.

The idea that the deaf need a separate language is alien in India. Instead, children are discouraged from signing. Anuj Jain, who is also part of NAD, grew up with his four sisters who were all deaf. His fifth sibling, a sister, is not. “She used to feel left out,’’ he says, laughing. “We would have these conversations and she couldn’t keep up.’’

A bond Beyond words: Anuj Jain with his daughter Ananta | Arvind Jain

Children who are born deaf are still ‘taught’ how to speak. They are given hearing aids to amplify the sound. Geeta Sharma remembers being forced to speak as a child. She spent years being shuttled from school to school. “The approach was oral,’’ she says. “They tried to get me to talk.” Forcing children to talk and hear isn’t unusual. Sharma is in her 40s. But even now, this is standard practice.

The Lady Noyce School is one of the biggest institutions for the hearing impaired in Delhi. There are 600 students who flock into the cramped classrooms to learn. At the centre of the school is a courtyard. This, open-to-the-sky bit of paved brick, is probably the biggest space the children have. Once there was a cricket field, now the social welfare department occupies most of the area. Kids here spend years learning how to read and write. Knowing the sign language is not compulsory for the teachers. It is something that they pick up. The hearing impaired kids, of course, have to learn how to speak.

It is not unusual. Teachers in deaf schools are not trained in the sign language. Nor is it considered essential. There is a brief orientation of a day or so on sign language. For the most part, the idea is to integrate the kids and teach them, but in a language—English or Hindi—that is not their own. Nor are hearing impaired teachers hired to teach. The idea that sign language can exist even in the hearing world does not exist.

The emphasis, for four years, is on preparing the kids to learn how to speak or communicate in the same way as is done in the hearing world. “They want to fit cochlear implants so that we could hear,” says Narayanan. “We are deaf. This is not communication.’’ It is like forcing a left-handed person to write with his right hand. A bit medieval and cruel.

For women, being hearing impaired means literally being invisible. “Girls are often never allowed to leave home,’’ says Sharma. “They have no opportunities and no one to communicate with. Imagine a life where there is no entertainment, no conversation, nothing.”

Hands-on Approach: A class in progress at Lady Noyce school, Delhi | Arvind Jain

Technology has brought in a revolution. The cell-phone and the internet has made the world a smaller place and for the deaf it has brought with it the gift of communication. Text, Facetime, Skype chats, Hike, video chats have made it possible for the sound barrier to be breached. Meeting people who don't know sign language, asking for directions, even talking with each other has become possible. “I remember when I used to get a phone call from a friend,’’ says Anuj. “My sister would pick up the phone and seem to speak for ages. When I would ask what the other person said, she would always give me just the gist. I would think why she would talk for so long when the answer was monosyllabic,’’ he laughs.

Over the years, Ananta, his daughter has become the voice he never had. Jain remembers the time when his parents spent a year trying to clap loudly to get his daughter’s attention. “They were convinced she was deaf,’’ says Jain. “She would never react when they clapped their hands. But when she turned one, she started talking. Then they knew,’’ he laughs. His son, a toddler, is also learning the language.

Raising a voice: A.S. Narayanan with his translator Surabhi | Arvind Jain

Ananta can speak the sign language fluently. It came easily to her. Even now when Jain's sister visits, she is the outsider, for she hasn’t learnt the sign language yet. “She communicates through me,” says Ananta. "She will call and ask me to pass on a message to my father."

The idea of signing to communicate in public was forbidden, says Ananta, translating for her father: “If I ever tried to talk to them [parents] outside, they used to hold my hands. I was taught that signing was somehow shameful.’’ He apparently retorted in sign that they should then ask the people who can hear to never speak.

Sitting in McDonald’s in Janpath, the father-daughter duo is having an animated conversation. Things have changed. In several countries today, the sign language has gained legal recognition, but in India, it is still not recognised as anything but a few gestures for the hearing impaired to communicate.

It isn’t a language. It needs to be. Language is much more than just communication. It is about being heard; about laughter; about the triviality of life; it is about poetry; it is about anger; fear; joy; disappointment and the shades in between. Even blue has more colour in other languages. Growing up as a hearing impaired person in India, where 18 million people are still waiting to talk, it is more than just about being mute, it is being deprived of expression—forever.


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