Not just symbolic
Saturday 31 December 2011
A Delhi High Court order of November 25 could make life somewhat easier for the speech and hearing impaired. Public places like railway stations, airports, bus depots, hospitals, police stations, educational institutions and government offices may soon have sign language interpreters to facilitate basic communication for people with hearing disabilities.
The court has directed the Centre to conduct a survey of public places and other government establishments to ascertain the number of interpretors required. It has asked the government to conclude the survey within three months.
The court also asked the government to start consulting with the University Grants Commission and other Central and state universities for framing courses for such interpretors and devising a curriculum thereof.