India Signing Hands (ISH) was founded on 24th April 2017 by Mr. Alok Kejriwal, with the goal of providing the solutions to “Accessibility” issues faced by the deaf people in India. Alok is a deaf individual who faced difficulties in acquiring news from TV channels or communicating with hearing people due to lack of accessibility tools such as interpreters and subtitles. Realising that many deaf persons would also be facing the same issues like him, he shared with Aqil Chinoy, also deaf person from the deaf family, and Mansi Shah, hearing child of deaf parents, the thought of establishing own firm that will carter to the accessibility needs of the 1.8 Crore deaf people. When Aqil and Mansi, as well as Alok’s entire family agreed to support his idea, that is when the idea of launching ISH took birth.
Why is Sign Language Important for the Deaf?
Sign Language, a system of communication using visual gestures and signs, is the natural language of Deaf people. In the absence of hearing, they have developed better peripheral vision and motion-detection.
Deaf people use sign language to express their feelings, understand, learn, and overall live their lives as typical members of the society.