India: recognize sign language

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Mon Dec 4 16:35:59 UTC 2006

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Recognise sign communication as scheduled language: deaf body
Dec 2, 2006, 16:29 GMT

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) On the eve of World Disability Day, a deaf body
Saturday demanded that sign communication should be recognised as one of
the scheduled languages so that it can be taught in schools. 'India is
home to over five million deaf people but unfortunately the government
never bothers about giving them proper education. No normal school is
equipped to handle such kids,' said Arun C. Roy, chief of the National
Association of the Deaf. 'We demand that sign language which is
universally understood by the deaf community should be made a part of the
constitution. This will force both and central and state governments to
make it a part of the course curriculum,' Roy said. He said the
Ramakrishna Mission has developed a couple books on sign language and
schools must take some pain in training their teachers on the subject.
'This will certainly help millions of deaf people who can understand this

Over 3,000 deaf people are participating in a rally Sunday at the India
Gate to make their voice heard.

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