21 March 2017 Current Affairs: The Union Government will soon launch country’s first-of-its-kind Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary which aims to bring uniformity in sign languages used by hearing and speech impaired people.
It is being developed in both print and video format by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC).
It will give an uniform language to 50 lakh hearing and 20 lakh speech impaired people in the country.
ISL dictionary will contain graphic representations of popular signs used by the hearing impaired and also their regional variations.
It will also have legal, technical and medical terms It will help bridge the communication gap by promoting the use of sign language for hearing impaired students at schools and colleges.
It will also enable government officials, teachers, community leaders, professionals and the public at large to learn and use sign language.
It will enable the public utility organisations like hospitals, banks, courts, airports, and others to utilise the services of interpreters. So far, it has compiled 6,032 Hindi and English words and their corresponding graphic representation of the signs which are used in daily life.