Stop Treating Deaf Children as Parrots. Access to Sign Language in Schools.
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- With 18 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing people living in India, Indian Sign Language (ISL) is not officially recognized.
- There are more than 500 schools for the Deaf (public and private) in India.
- 95% of the teachers do not use sign language to teach the deaf children
- Only 2% of the deaf and hard of hearing children have access to quality education because of language deprivation
- It has led to further suppression of 'sign language' due to multiple misconceptions such as 'oral' method is better than 'sign language' and using 'sign language' cannot mainstreamed deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Lack of successful Deaf role models leading to low self-esteem in deaf children
- No early intervention options such as sign language acquisition at the critical age are never provided to parents with deaf children.
- Not much extracurricular activities were given to the Deaf children.
- Millions of deaf individuals that have missed out early language development struggle today to find decent jobs and are stuck with minimum wage jobs like a waiter or a housekeeper.
- Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act- Chapter 3, Article 16, (v) "ensure that the education to persons who are blind or deaf or both is imparted in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication;"
- We, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, WANT Indian Sign Language (ISL) to be officially recognized language of India.
- Introduce Indian Sign Language (ISL) as an optional/foreign language requirement in primary/secondary schools in India.
- Allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing Experts to teach Indian Sign Language (ISL) to students in schools.
- Provide Indian Sign Language (ISL) sessions to parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children on weekends.
With your SUPPORT, we can eradicate language and identity deprivation among Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in India.
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