NISH Workshop Stresses Use of Indian Sign Language as Learning Aid


Thiruvananthapuram: The importance of Indian Sign Language (ISL) in the early-stage holistic development of deaf children and in their higher education was reiterated at a three-day international workshop held at National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) campus at Aakulam here recently.
Around 60 deaf educators from various special schools in Kerala and outside the State and from Denmark participated in the workshop, titled ‘Importance of Indian Sign Language in Deaf Education.’ The workshop imparted ISL training for the deaf educators from different schools.
“We have enough people to ensure that human rights commitments are both adhered to and recognised and enforced by the law. Technological advancements support the development of specially-abled people. But the need of the hour is a change in the attitude of the people towards the specially-abled,” said Dr. Samuel N Mathew, Executive Director, NISH speaking on the occasion.
“When specially-abled people, who lead successful, fulfilling lives, step into the limelight, it will help change the prejudices of the common people. Workshops like this can bring together such people who have attained great heights by their determination and hard work,” he said.
The workshop included sessions led by experts in the field of deaf education. There was also an interactive seminar with Jaya M S IAS, Director, Higher Secondary Education, who listened to the problems faced by the teachers and assured them help in finding solutions to their various concerns.
An array of experts put across their viewpoints, including Dr. Madan Vasishta, former Associate Professor, Gallaudet University, US; Rajesh Ketkar, Director of Ishara Foundation and General Secretary of Mook Badhir Mandal, Vadodara; Jagdeep Kaur, Head of Academics, Bajaj Institute of Learning, Dehradun and Sunil Sahasrabudhe, Consultant, Signex India.
There were also group discussions for the participants on the problems they faced.
NISH faculty members presented effective strategies to teach deaf students using ISL.