Kerala Education Minister issues first uniform Malayalam sign language alphabet

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Sep 30, 2021 3:50 AM STI

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Sep 30 (ANI): Kerala Higher Education Minister Dr R Bindu on Wednesday released the first Uniform Sign Language Alphabet in Malayalam and said it will bring a complete change in people’s lives hearing impaired.
She also promised to study its use in special schools.
The alphabet was developed by the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) based in Thiruvananthapuram, in collaboration with the Kerala Association of the Deaf.

“Discussions will be initiated with the Department of General Education regarding the use of the Malayalam alphabet in sign language in special schools in the state,” the minister said while describing the alphabet as “a proud achievement. “.
It is the result of the dedicated effort of NISH, taking into account the difficulties of the hearing impaired, who communicate by gesturing with their hands in the air. Currently, English and Hindi have sign language alphabets. The newly developed alphabet in Malayalam will open up immense possibilities for the deaf community, ”she added.
Bindu added that all potential technologies to provide physical and mental support to the hearing impaired to enable them to lead normal lives would be used by the state government.
She also added that the government of Kerala will extend all its support to NISH to become a global institution.
Notably, the event coincided with the International Week of the Deaf observed in the last week of September. (ANI)


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