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India launches first sign language dictionary

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LanguageTHE Indian government on Friday launched the country’s first sign language dictionary, exclusively for the hearing and speech impaired people.

“The basic aim of developing the Indian Sign Language Dictionary is to remove communication barriers between the deaf and hearing impaired communities of the country,” Indian Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thaawarchand Gehlot, said.

The dictionary contains 3,000 English and Hindi words and their corresponding graphic image.

And all these words are classified into five categories — everyday, legal, academic, medical and technical terms, an official statement said.

“Gradually many new words will be added in the dictionary for the benefit of more and more people,” the minister said.

There are more than five million deaf and two million people with speech disability in India.

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