Make sign language universal in colleges - Disability on Campus by Sachin Singh
I am an Instructor in Sign Linguistics at the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre. This comes under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The aim of ISLRTC is to provide India's five million deaf population with increased accessibility in education, workplace and other activities in public life.
I completed my B.A. in Applied Sign Language from the University of Central Lancashire in IGNOU in New Delhi. I am deaf, and deaf people need accessible communication, especially in sign language. This can also be oral that can be provided by a Bhartiya Sanketik Bhasha Interpreter, with proper visual cues and accommodation in lip reading.
In college, I got all the facilities I needed in college, and did not face much difficulty. It was much better than what I faced in school. In school, I faced lot of problems coping, as there were no facilities provided for the disabled.
The message that I would like to give colleges can be summed up in three words - Indian Sign Language.
About the Writer
Sachin Singh is based in Delhi and is a Sign Language Instructor at the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre. He is a former teacher in the Bridge Program at Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow.