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.)
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.