The New Delhi- based Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), an autonomous body within the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, will be celebrating ‘Sign Language Day’ on September 23, 2021.
- Ever since the United Nations declared 23rd September as the International Sign Language Day, the ISLRTC has celebrated it every year.
- Sign language not only plays an important role in educating people, but also is vital in creating employment and vocational training for persons with hearing disabilities.
- ISLRTC signed an MoU with National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on 06th October, 2020 for converting NCERT textbooks from Class I to XII into Indian Sign Language (digital format) to make the textbooks accessible to children with hearing disabilities.
- First phase of the project for conversion of Class I to V textbooks has been completed and e-Content thereof will be launched during the programme.