Department of Sign Language and Hearing Impairment

In absence of a standardized Indian Sign Language, the IHRDC embarked upon a very unique project in collaboration with CBM International, Germany, known as the Indian Sign Language Development Project. The project was started in January 1999. November 24, 2001 became an important day for persons with hearing impairment in India. In an august gathering, the first ‘Indian Sign Language Dictionary’ was released. The Indian Sign Language

 

Dictionary was an earnest attempt based on years of research, documenting over 2500 signs from 42 cities in 12 States to provide a common sign language code all over India. The Indian Sign Language Dictionary besides from being the first document from which people can learn sign language had also proved to be a master document for further research into sign language.

Apart from this, the unit is also involved in training programmes such as ‘One-Year Diploma Course on Sign Language Interpreting’ course. This course is recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India and is split into three levels, viz., Levels A, B and C. Level A deals with basic sign language skills, where the basic skills needed for signing and the basic skills for communicating with deaf people are taught. The level B concentrates on advanced signing skills, where the trainees are exposed to advanced vocabulary in various areas. The level C of this course deals with interpreting concepts and the trainees are trained in advanced interpreting skills.

Release of Indian Sign Language Instructional Video: To complement the sign language dictionary, an instructional video pertaining to the signs was felt necessary as it is impossible to bring out the facial expressions, body movement and positions, etc., in a book form. On 23 November 2002 the sign language instructional video developed with the support of CBM International was released by Sri S. Jayaraman, Chairman-cum Managing Director, Neyveli Lignite Corporation.

National Level Sensitization Programmes on Sign Language: On 16 January 2002, Prof. C.L. Kundu, Former Vice-Chancellor, Himachal University and Advisor RCI, inaugurated orientation programme on sign language. Fifteen participants from all over the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala had participated in the programme. Subsequently orientation programme were held at Delhi during 4th-16th February 2002, and was hosted by the National Association for the Blind (NAB), New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Shillong and Secunderabad for hearing impaired persons drawn from different parts of India.

Apart from this basic sign language dictionary published in 2002, the IHRDC released the technical sign language dictionary to enable hearing impaired students to pursue polytechnic education.

In collaboration with All India Deaf Bank Employees Association the IHRDC also brought out a Sign Language Dictionary on Banking Terminologies.

Subsequently, workshop for developing signs for subjects taught in schools such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, zoology was conducted.


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