Kerala Higher Education Minister releases first uniform sign language alphabet in Malayalam

The first uniform sign language alphabet in Malayalam has been released by the Kerala higher education minister Dr. R Bindu and she said that the move would bring a beneficial change in the lives of the hearing impaired.

 The first uniform sign language was developed by deaf Indian Sign Language (ISL) experts and is done with the collaboration of the All Kerala Association of Deaf. After releasing the new language in the event, the minister also promised that it will be implemented in special schools.

The minister said, “Discussions will be initiated with the General Education Department regarding the use of the Malayalam alphabet in sign language in special schools across the State.” International Week of the Deaf was observed in the last week of September. The event was conducted coinciding with the day.

Sign language development is a proud moment for the social  Department and National Institute of Speech and Hearing NISH, said DR. R Bindu. She added that the NISH has worked a lot to develop the language and says that it would help to overcome the hearing impaired ones.

It is believed that with the help of possible technologies physical and mental support to the hearing impaired would be ensured and it would enable them to lead a normal life. The government further said that it would extend all support to NISH in becoming a global institution. Once the Malayalam alphabet in sign language arrives, the deaf or hearing impaired can read and write in  Malayalam.  At present, languages like English and Hindi have alphabets in sign language and hereafter, Malayalam will also be added to the list.

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The alphabet consists of vowels and consonants and is finger-spelled in sign language. It will remove the challenge of teachers in delivering messages through lip movement. Its primary phase has been designed exclusively for deaf schools across the State. NISH plans to incorporate the uniform finger-spelling into the curriculum for the hearing impaired with the support of the State Council of Educational Research and Training.