Asia-Pacific Feb 8, 2016
BENGALURU, INDIA: ‘Sign Language for Beginners’, the Indian sign language dictionary was released on Friday.
The book, written by Arun C. Rao, Editor of TheDeafWay.org, and released by Kannada actor Yash, promises to help both parents and teachers to communicate with children who have hearing disabilities.
The book has over 600 pictures introducing 500 common words that are useful for children in their daily life. The book also includes explanations of how the signs are created.
“Sign language should be considered as a medium of instruction and should be included in the syllabus of Bachelor of Special Education in Hearing Impairment (B.Ed. SE -HI). This will help teachers know how to interact with students with hearing disabilities and help them learn the same,” said Mr. Rao.
P.C. Jayanna, Director, Department for Empowerment of Disabled and Senior Citizens said: “It is not only the responsibility of the teachers but also of the parents to learn sign language that will enable them to interact with children and help them grow peacefully and efficiently. The department will provide full support to circulate the book and to ensure its accessibility in libraries.”