There about more then 7 million deaf individuals in India. ISL is important. Yet, until now, it had no published dictionary. Now the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), a government-funded organization, offers the first published ISL dictionary. The project took two years. It includes 3,000 Hindi and English words in five categories: everyday, legal, academic, medical, and technical terms. Available both in print and video format, the dictionary contains illustrations of popular signs and regional variations.
Additionally, Talking Hands, an ISL learning website started in 2013 with its own online basic dictionary. It notes that its work is a combination of Indian, International and local sign languages.
Population of focus: Deaf and hearing impaired, Indian
Links to resource:
- Read the press release about the dictionary shared from the Government of India’s Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
- Learn more about the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) and how to access the dictionary on their website
- View the online Indian Sign Language dictionary from Talking Hands