Projects : Awareness

Awareness of the Deaf

The Indian Sign Language (ISL) version of Awareness.

NAD works for various sectors. We spread awareness about sign language in NGOs, Govt. Offices, Police Stations and deaf schools with hearing teachers. NAD’s biggest job is to unanimously spread about ISL and make people aware about our language.

We have been doing this from 2005 to 2016 now. Delhi Police invited us to teach ISL with communication is a huge problem of Police Stations if deaf person is there eg if a deaf girl is raped, communication becomes difficult. We taught 1000 police station officials ISL about deafness. Terms like theft, murder, verbal abuse, lies, heartlessness etc. were explained in ISL. Further, high officials from Delhi Police were also made to learn. Nearly 400 of them came and NAD lectured them. They were made aware of sign language and deafness.

Various NGOs have invited us to get awareness about deafness. Deaf Schools in villages running under SSA program invited us too. In Jammu & Kashmir 70 teachers were made basic sign language, albaphets, names, eatable including fruits. They learnt it so that they can teach the deaf children in sign language. Training was given at railway stations 400 coolie were trained for one week. Coolie tend to mock them and not understand them. We explained them about deafness and their culture.

At the time of elections there is a huge communication barrier for deaf and there is no awareness throughout India. The Election Commission invited us to discuss the problems faced by deaf, visually impaired, wheelchair users etc. Wheelchair users required the ramps, visually impaired required braille and deaf needed sign language. For eg sign for “Do you have your ID?, where do I go? with expressions.

This was NAD’s purpose of awareness generation.

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Location: New Delhi    Activities:
Walk To Freedom

Dear Friends, Members & Non-Members,

Greetings from National Association of the Deaf! We hope this letter finds you in good health with your work progressing well.

N.A.D. is an organisation that is working to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing people across India; one that is of the deaf, by the deaf and for the deaf. N.A.D. hopes to breathe new life into the deaf movement and empower deaf people across the country to stand up and claim the rights that they are entitled to. N.A.D. is a non- governmental, not for profit, organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, no. s/50137/2004. It is a voluntary organisation and all the work that it carries out it down to the dedication and hard work of its members and the executive board. N.A.D relies on the support it receives not only from its members, but also society at large.

We are very glad to inform you that we are organising the World Disability Day at India Gate, Amar Jyoti Jawan, New Delhi on 3rd December, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  1. 1st Anniversary of the Passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016
  2. 21 Types of Disabilities mentioned in the RPWD Act 2016 celebrating together.
  3. Demand for the “National Sign Language Day” on September 22, as PM approved ISLRTC as an autonomous body on 22nd September 2015.

Also, we with NCPEDP are organizing “Walk to Freedom”, celebrating Inclusion on World Disability Day at India Gate, New Delhi on 3rd December, 2017! The general theme will be the celebration on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities but the collaterals can also be designed keeping in mind the above 3 sub-themes.

We wish to invite all you, any deaf leaders & deaf senior members from each of your deaf associations, deaf clubs, deaf sports, deaf women associations, deaf organisations & deaf institutions to attend the World Disability Day on 3rd December, 2017 at India Gate, New Delhi from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Thanking you!

Yours Sincerely,
S/d
A. S. Narayanan
President

Walk to Freedom, NAD, NCPEDP

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1 Invitation Letter for WDD on 3rd December, 2017 Invitation letter for friends, members & non-menbers from A.S.Narayanan, President of NAD PDF / (0.63 MB)

Location: Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, 1 Circular Road, Teen Murti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi    Activities: Events
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: Amity University, Noida    Activities: Events
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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Location: India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi    Activities: Workshop
Disability Inclusion Across 17 Sustainable Development Goals

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and American India Foundation (AIF) co-organised the Disability Inclution Across 17 Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and United Nations India on 9th December, 2016 at Juniper, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

Inaugural Session: Setting the Stage:-

  • Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, NCPEDP
  • Nishant Pandey, Country Director, American India Foundation (AIF)
  • Yuri Afansiev, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in India
  • Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

 Taking Stock: Where are we after one year?:-

  • Chair:- Mr. Javed Abidi, Hononary Director, NCPEDP

Panelist:-

  • Ankit Rajiv Jindal, Marketing Advisor, NIT DATA Services, Founding Director, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC)
  • Deepali Kapoor, Program Head, Pratham
  • Amitabh Behar, Executive Director, National Foundation for India (NFI)

Poverty elimination: How will it happen when 20% of the world’s poorest are people with disabilities and we continue to neglect them?:-

Chair:- Mr. Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Department of Rural Development (DRD), Ministry of Rural Development

Panelist:-

  • Praveen Kumar G., Head of Programmes, VSO India Trust
  • Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director, ActionAid (India)
  • Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Rajiv Khandelwal, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Aajeevika Bureau

Inclusion of disability in the national development agenda: The way Forward:-

            Chair:- Mr. N. S. Kang, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), MSJE

Panelist:-

  • Rema Nagarajan, Senior Assistant Editor, Times of India
  • Manas Satpathy, Executive Director, PRADAN
  • Nandita Bhan, Research Scientist & Adjunet Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
  • Arjun Sanyal, Director, Education (Learning and Migration Program), American India Foundation

Goal 1 of the SDGs is – End Poverty in all its forms everywhere. Goal 3 which focuses on health and well being is - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. There is such an intrinsic relationship between poverty, health and disability that it is blasphemous to note that disability has not been mentioned in not only these two goals but also their targets and indicators. Here’s how they are related:

Poverty and Disability – 800 million of the world's 1 billion people with disabilities live in the countries of the Global South. People with disabilities also comprise 20 percent of the world's poorest. People with disabilities not only are more vulnerable to poverty but their poverty is compounded by other inequalities. For instance, a person with disability has far lesser chances of education and thus lesser chances of employment.

Health and Disability - People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to deficiencies in health care services. They may experience greater vulnerability to secondary conditions, co-morbid conditions, and age-related conditions often engaging in health risk behaviors. It is therefore imperative that when one talks of healthcare, it must include all assistive devices and technologies that are essential for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their daily lives.

We are beginning a dialogue with relevant stakeholders to ensure disability is not left out of the global agenda again.

NITI Ayog has been entrusted with the role of coordinating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Their task is not to merely collect data on SDGs but to act proactively to fructify the goals and targets not only quantitatively but also while maintaining high standards of quality.

NITI Ayog will create a vision document for about 15 years i.e. upto 2030. It is now up to us to ensure that disability is not left out of this very important document. Have you read through the SDGs? Do you have any specific recommendations for NITI Ayog?

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Location: India Gate, New Delhi    Activities: Events
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: Delhi Police    Activities: Workshop
Sign Language Training Program for Deaf

Sign Language Program for Delhi Police Station Police Lines, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines, Delhi on 23rd November, 2016 National Association of the Deaf Team joined the Delhi Police Station in addressing Delhi Police personnel on the 23rd November, 2016 at Delhi Police Station at Police Lines, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines, 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. Police Official from Delhi Police Station hope for active participation from National Association of The Deaf in our student project on Sign Language in formulating this training module. Delhi Police 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. Anuj Jain, Joint 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 Delhi Police and attended by around 1100 Police Personnel and ACP, DCP had attended the event.

Mr. Anuj Jain (Joint Secretary), Ms. Sonia Bhatia (Program Officer), Ms. Surbhi Taneja (Interpreter) 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.

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Location: India Gate, New Delhi    Activities:
World Disabled Day 2016 at India Gate, New Delhi

Dear Friends,

Greetings from National Association of the Deaf!

1. Established in 1996, NCPEDP completed its twentieth anniversary this year.

2. 3rd December 2016 will mark the first anniversary of the launch of Hon’ble Prime Minister's flagship ‘Accessible India Campaign’ or ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ which has brought the issue of accessibility outside of the disability discourse into the public realm.

3. 2016 also celebrates the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda, providing for a disability inclusive development agenda for the first time.

4. Last but not the least, the most important celebration reverberating across the United Nations and disability organisations worldwide is the celebration of the 10 years of the UNCRPD - the first human rights convention concerning persons with disabilities.

As you can see, we have much to celebrate and our celebrations are, therefore, going to be bigger and better than ever before! At the same time, the celebrations are also a means to come together, to debate and discuss our achievements and the way ahead. They provide a platform to engage other stakeholders, to share issues effecting people with disabilities and work together to find and implement solutions to calibrate the way forward in a manner that ensures inclusion of people with disabilities in all future developments and policies adopted across Governments and the private sector. Therefore, you can even use this opportunity to make your demands but in a mild and toned down manner!

Also, NCPEDP with us organise the 'Walk to Freedom' at India Gate, New Delhi on 3rd December, 2016!. The general theme will be the celebration on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities but the collaterals can also be designed keeping in mind the above 4 sub-themes. Apart from this, we will also demand for the passage of the RPWD Bill 2014 and Driving License for the Deaf.

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1 World Disability Day - Invitation Letter The letter from General Secretary of NAD that explains about the World Disability Day on 3rd December, 2016, 9am to 4pm at India Gate. PDF / (0.34 MB)

Location: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi    Activities: Events
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: RGNIYD, Regional Centre, Chandigarh     Activities: Announcements Workshop
Workshop on Advocacy Leadership Training for the Deaf

Around 50 deaf delegates from North India attended a three-day workshop. The first day began with the introductory session addressed by Shri Stanzin Dawa, Regional Coordinator, RGNIYD, Regional Centre Chandigarh, which gave the deaf participants a brief outlook of the topic "Leadership & Advocacy" and the role it played in our lives. During the workshop, core aspects of leadership are clearly defined and explained through various team building activities, group discussions, indoor-outdoor exercises by the mentors.

Shri Uday Bhaskar, Trainer from the Deaf Enabled Foundation, Hyderabad (Telangana) shared the detailed information about leadership styles, theories and attributes of successful leaders, levels of maturity, skills & competencies. Examples of key lessons learnt from famous historical figure like Mahatma Gandhi who was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Importance of water conservation has been addressed by Dr. Jigmet Yangchan, Junior Scientist, HMAARI from Ladakh, to protect the water environment and to meet current and future human demand. The goals of water conservation efforts include:-
1. Ensuring availability of water for future generations.
2. Energy conservation
3. Water saving technology for the home chores.

The team members of RGNIYD conducted a different sessions on Johari Window which is a technique used to help people better understand their relationship with themselves as well as others. During the exercise, subjects are given a list of a few adjectives out of which they need to pick some that they feel describe their own personality. The eight-step process on grassroots advocacy was also discussed to develop a strategy to advocate for a change. An Interpreter bridged the communication gap between deaf participants and facilitators through Sign Language. 

Participants were also made familiar with the various tools and the power point presentation which will be used for deaf empowerment in community. The focus was on the topic of "SWOT" (Strength, weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and group discussions. The workshop concluded with the aim of sharing the knowledge with others to increase the team building qualities in deaf community. Certificate of Participation (COP) along with group photograph has been distributed to all the participants. Addressing the participants, Shri Stanzin Dawa of the RGNIYD said, "Your circumstances should not define your limitations; rather they should help you to redefine your potential and the power within you to make things possible."

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Regional Centre, Chandigarh in collaboration with National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

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Location: Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh     Activities: Conference
International Women’s Day

March 8th marks the International women’s Day, which Celebrates the achievement of women in all spheres of life. On this occasion National Association of the Deaf is joining Hearing Impaired women from all over the Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to Commemorate this day. A lot of efforts and progress have been registered at the National Associational of the Deaf towards achieving Evaluate Empowering deaf women and elevating them socially and culturally. Furthermore, National Associational of the Deaf on the Status of empowering deaf women currently holding its session at Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh.

National Association of the Deaf organized the International Women’s Day at the Auditorium of Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh on Saturday, 12th March 2016. This is a step taken for raising awareness and creating a positive space in society for disability and women’s issues. The deaf women are doubly disadvantaged first by disability and second with the added vulnerability of their gender. We saw a gathering of around 150 deaf women. We invited the Deaf Women Lecturer Smt. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary, National Association of the Deaf, Chief Guest of Honour Shri Sanjay Tandon, President of Bharatiya Janta Party Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Shri Sanjay Arora, Chief Manager of GAIL, Chandigarh ,

The seminar started with the welcome note.Mrs.Rupinder Kaur and Anu Saigal, NAD’s Deaf Women Committees, Chandigarh.

Presented by Ms. Akanksha Sharma, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre, Sector- 12, Chandigarh. Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Woman Secretary of NAD explained about the Histories of International Week of the Deaf. The Seminar was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Sanjay Tondon (BJP) and Shri Sanjay Arora, Chief Manager, GAIL (Chandigarh). They said it is our duty to bring this injustice to an end as deaf women after faces double discrimination in social life. Shri Sanjay Tondon congratulated Mr. Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer (NAD) for his achievements and praises him by saying that he never missed an opportunity to meet and greet higher officials. He added that the problem is very big for the deaf women to communicate with normal ones. They congratulated all the deaf women on this International Women’s Day.

Presentation by Shri Sanjeev Gulati, Project Advisor of Social Welfare, Chandigarh on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ where the ability to understand others and act wisely in human relations was discussed along with the functioning of our brain, that during a situation that triggers us, it tends to leave us with less space to think and act wisely. 

Presented by Mr. Vivek Mehta, Chief Technical Officer, deafeasy on “Explained about Digital Technology & Products for the Smart Deaf.”

These two topics had never been discussed before on the event of International Women’s Day. It was a refreshing and an eye opener to all the participants. We concluded the seminar by cutting the cake and celebrating the day.

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Location: Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road,New Delhi     Activities: Workshop
International Women’s Day

An event on “Women empowerment day” was held at Indian Social Institute organised by National Association of the Deaf (NAD) on 8th March, 2016. Among the participants were 125 deaf women members/non-members and husbands of the married deaf women. The event was chaired by Women Secretary, Mrs. Geeta Sharma, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) followed by three sessions which included:-

  1. “Women Empowerment in India” by Ms. Sangeeta Singh, Ph.D Scholar, Delhi University Women Empowerment in India

The issues addressed during the session included:-

  • Meaning of women empowerment
  • Obstacles in empowering women in India
  • Gender inequalities across the world
  • Ways to empower women. The primary focus was to acquaint with the various hindrances that restrict the social and economic growth of women in Indian context. Focusing on the gender gap in literacy, emphasis was given on the causes that impede the education of a girl child. A short movie, “Nischay” was presented to highlight the ways by which women are abused in their day to day life. The later part of the movie illustrated need of the hour to raise their voice against violence. The speaker also put forward the various facts about the gender inequalities prevailing in the society globally. The key points were discussed on “How can we empower ourselves?” which included educational, social, psychological and health related aspects for the better development of a woman in the society. It was added by presenting stories about the true spirit of Indian women who achieved their goals irrespective of their socioeconomic and disability status and set themselves as role models in today’s society. The session was concluded by what a great personality, Swami Vivekanand said, “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved, It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing.” 
  1. “Knowledge of Deaf Women” by Ms. Priya Reddy & Ms. Harpriti Reddy, Coordinator, The Deaf Way Foundation.

The participants were taken to Crafts Museum, New Delhi after the sessions were over. The purpose was fun for them to enjoy with each others at Crafts Museum, New Delhi.

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Location: India International Centre, Max Muellar Marg, New Delhi     Activities: Events
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    Activities: Conference Events
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: Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre, Sector- 12, Chandigarh    Activities: Workshop
Workshop on the Advocacy Leadership Training for the Deaf

National Association of the Deaf organised the Workshop on the Advocacy Leadership Training for the Deaf at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre, Sector-12, Chandigarh on 23rd January, 2016.

The function started with the welcome note by Mr. Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer of NAD. Chief Guest of Shri Vijay Kumar Dev, Advisor to the Administrator Chandigarh has spoken about the works of NAD and said  he will provide government jobs to deaf people, he said them that they would give their letters to him and he will solve their problems. He said Yogesh Kumar always contacts with me.

Guest of Honour Shri Phool Chand Yadav, Commissioner for Disabilities, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Haryana, spoke to the deaf delegates that they don’t think they are disabled people; when he was small child & he did not think that he was disabled person. He also said, “I don’t think that I am disabled person but now I am a commissioner for disabilities.”

Guest of Honour Shri Nitin Rokade, Chief HR Manager, Indian Oil Company Limited, Chandigarh spoke to the deaf delegates that they have problems to share with him and he would solve your problems.

Shri A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of National Association of the Deaf explained to them how victory NAD got the ISLRTC as an autonomous body by PM’s approval on 22nd September 2015 during the International Week of the Deaf.

Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary of NAD and Mr. Vishal Arora, Treasurer of NAD shared explaining the importance of advocacy for Govt. for demanding the human rights in areas of lives of deaf people.

Mr. Vivek Mehta, Chief Technology Officer, deafeasy explained to deaf delegates regarding the importance of technology for the deaf people through the alarm device help deaf people for vibrant waking up themselves easily.

There were about 85 deaf delegates participated in the Workshop from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh.

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Location: India Gate, New Delhi     Activities: Dharna Events
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: The American Diner, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi     Activities: Meeting
NAD Team met Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt

Mr. Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of NAD got the message from Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt yesterday evening. He could not believe how Mahesh Bhatt got to know his mobile number. Finally Mr. Anuj Jain sent a reply to him that he and his team will meet him. He (Joint Secretary of NAD), his wife Reena Jain, his daughter Ananta Jain, Mr. Zorin Singha (President of NAD) and her daughter Interpreter Asha Singha met Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt at India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road in the morning. They discussed on how he made special film for the deaf.

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Location: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi    Activities: Events
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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Location: India    Activities:
The Week Health Magazine

The Week Health Magazine

India on 30th August 2015

Link:- http://www.theweek.in/health/cover/indias-sign-language-is-crying-for-recognition.html

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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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Location: Rajindra Place, New Delhi    Activities: Workshop
Sign Language Program for Delhi Police Station

National Association of the Deaf Team joined the students from Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), University of Delhi in addressing Delhi Police Officers on 30th July, 2015 at Police Station, Rajindra Place, New Delhi. The response was tremendous and the Delhi police are 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.

The program was organized by Cluster Innovation Centre of the University of Delhi (CIC) and attended by around 100 Police Officers had attended the event.

Mr. Sanjay Taneja, Member of NAD and Ms. Riya Taneja (Interpreter) of NAD taught the Sign Language Class to 100 Police Officers also they performed a skit on common incidents like 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.

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NAD Team met Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment

Shri Zorin Singha, President, Shri Anuj Jain, Joint Secretary of National Associaiton of the Deaf with NAD Members visited the residence of Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment early morning on 6th July, 2015. They spoke to Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot that we, the deaf people in India, needed his help for demanding the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. He said he had already spoken to Dr. Jitendra Singh, PMO regarding ISLRTC. They requested him to encourage Dr. Jitendra to approve the ISLRTC as an autonomous body. He said he would do it surely.

He asked them how to learn the sign language. They taught him the alphabetic and words sign language. He was very inspired to learn it. He spent 45 minutes learning sign language from them. It was a very wonderful experience with Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, being a very kind and understanding person.

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