*SPREADING SMILES WITH SIGN *’Signs are to eyes what words are to ears’
On the occasion of the International sign language day, Vijay social welfare society and Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension (DLLE) conducted a workshop ‘Spreading smiles through signs’ in collaboration with Mrs. Geeta Bhatia Sharma. The aim of this workshop was to promote the importance of Indian Sign Language. Many people who suffer from the unfortunate of deafness in our country suffer to communicate, even their parents and family members cannot help them, or communicate with them. With the use and awareness of Indian Sign Language (ISL), these circumstances may change. VSWS aims at helping them, helping all those underprivileged women and kids who belong to the deaf community with the promotion of Indian Sign Language and creating its awareness. Mrs. Geeta Bhatia started her own initiative “ANNUKARMA” to bridge the gap between hearing impaired and the hearing society and wants the Indian government to recognize the Indian Sign Language as a part of Indian languages so it can be used in universities and schools as a median of teaching and learning. Over 60 participants interacted in this session, from youngsters to the elderly. Mrs. Geeta Bhatia started the session with basics, such as alphabets and greetings. With a little revision in between, she then taught us how to introduce ourselves and family members, asking someone about the day, asking about food all the basics interactions that may come in handy when interacting in Indian Sign Language. The session with the interactions suddenly became intriguing and informative. The session was attended by more than 70 participants. After the worthy session, Mrs. Geeta took her to leave and promised us another informative and interactive session soon.