NISH gifts sign language alphabet to Malayalam

Thiruvananthapuram: Now, Malayalam has its own sign language alphabet. The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) here has developed the uniform sign language in Malayalam alphabet.

The first uniform sign language alphabet in Malayalam, developed by deaf Indian Sign Language (ISL) experts, was released here on Wednesday by Minister for Higher Education Dr R Bindu, who said it would help bring about a qualitative change in the lives of those who are hearing impaired.

The absence of a sign language alphabet in Malayalam is the main issue troubling teachers of schools. Currently they are using the method of lip movement. When the words have to be written, these are mostly written on children’s hands. This often leads to confusion.