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Now available, an Android app for Indian Sign Language!

This is great news for Indians who are deaf and hard of hearing! The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RKMVU) in Coimbatore has partnered with C-DAC, Hyderabad to convert the existing General Sign Language Dictionary to an app.

The words in the sign language dictionary are used in daily life for communication. These have been converted as videos to an app with translation in 11 Indian languages. This has been done with financial support from CBM India Trust in Bengaluru.

The app will be a godsend for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. It will help them and others to communicate in sign language.

The app has been developed by the Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education (FDMSE) at the RKMVU. This is a pioneer in disability rehabilitation, education and management. Under the Department of Hearing Impairment of FDMSE, there is a Sign Language Unit which is working to promote and develop sign language.

The FDMSE offers many long term and short term courses for developing manpower in the field of education and rehabilitation of children with hearing impairment. The unit is also active in the research and development of various aspects of sign language.

The FDMSE released a General Indian Sign Language Dictionary that has words used in daily life for communication. The dictionary is in print, CD and online.

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