Election Commission of India, in its commitment towards Accessible Elections, organised Sign Language Training Session for officials of the Commission in collaboration with ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre) at ECI Headquarters in New Delhi.
Details of the training:
- The training was conducted by experts from ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre) wherein the officers were acquainted with basic as well as election related sign languages symbols such as Election, Identity Card, Address and Polling Booth etc.
- Besides, information related to basic etiquette while conversing with persons with disabilities was also shared with the Officials of the Commission and they were sensitised regarding the needs of Deaf persons
- The aim of the workshop was to sensitise election officials to the needs of persons with disabilities so as to be better able to respond to their needs & facilitate them during the election process.
Dig – Deeper: Braille Language
- Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who
are blind or who have low vision.
- Teachers, parents, and others who are not visually impaired ordinarily read
braille with their eyes. Braille is not a language.
- Rather, it is a code by which many languages—such as English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and dozens of others—may be written and read.
- Braille is used by thousands of people all over the world in their native languages, and provides a means of literacy for all.
- Bharati braille or Bharatiya Braille is a largely unified braille script for writing the languages of India. When India gained independence, eleven braille scripts were in use, in different parts of the country and for different languages. By 1951 a single national standard had been settled on, Bharati braille, which has since
been adopted by Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
- Bharati braille alphabets use a 6-dot cell with values based largely on English Braille.