Asia-Pacific Mar 21, 2017
NEW DELHI: The government is all set to come up with the country’s first-of-its-kind dictionary that aims to bring together various sign languages used by people with hearing disabilities.
The Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, which is being developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), has so far compiled 6,032 Hindi and English words and corresponding graphic representations of signs. The dictionary is being developed in both print and video formats.
“A comprehensive Indian Sign Language Dictionary is the need of the hour to facilitate communication between people with hearing disabilities and create a database for further policy making,” Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said on Monday.
“Presently, the sign languages in a diverse country like India vary from region to region. Because of this, people from a region face difficulty in communicating with those in another region,” he said at the inauguration of a two-day national conference on empowering people with hearing disabilities.
Awanish K Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, said that 50 lakh people with hearing disabilities and 20 lakh people with speech disabilities in the country will get a uniform language from the dictionary.
“It will contain graphic representations of popular signs used by people with hearing disabilities and will also include regional variations. Apart from that, it will have legal, technical and medical terms,” Mr. Awasthi said.