The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
We observed national day of disability today at NLIS. We had an expert from Statped, State special education service who visited the school and gave a wonderful presentation to the students. It was a great insight for the students to know about kinds of disabilities existing in the world. It helped the students to understand how people cope up in their lives with the kind of disabilities they have. It created awareness about difficulties with mobility, finding information and communication. This opened the doors for students to understand what is braille and how sign language helps these people to communicate to the world they live in. Students got hands on exposure to using the sign language. Sign language is a live language and it is developed according to the spoken language of the region. Thus sign language is different in different regions. The students practiced saying their names in the sign language and converting visual sign language into tactile sign language. Students had a lot of questions which were answered by the expert from the association. This was a great engagement for the students to empathize with the lives of the disabled people.