http://www.mocomi.com presents: Sign Language Lessons The language of Sign is a short film by the mocomi team filmed at the Red Cross school for the deaf in Pune. This film is made as part of our language editorial. The purpose of this piece is to showcase how the hearing impaired speak and their relationship with language. The amazing thing about the whole experience was how happy, motivated & caring the wonderful kids & teachers at the school were. We would like to thank Mrs. Rani Parasnis, Principal of the Deaf school for her time & help by allowing us access to her school. FACTS About 3 in 1,000 babies are born with hearing impairment, making it the most common birth defect Half of all cases of deafness and hearing impairment are avoidable through primary prevention Over 300 million people worldwide have moderate to profound hearing impairment Hearing impairment in children may delay development of language and cognitive skills, which may hinder progress in school Sign language, which is a language of hand movements allows deaf people to communicate with one another without speaking ISL (Indian sign language) is not a recognized language in India however it is used by millions of hearing impaired people across the country Sign Language has its own grammatical structure independent of any spoken/written language, e.g. English, Hindi, and Marathi, etc. Sign Language is used to tell jokes, ask riddles, express sarcasm, tell lies, create idioms, make poetry, etc FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENTS Anjan Bhattacharya, Ranji trophy cricketer & fastest Indian bowler in 1970 Marlee Matlin, first deaf person to win an Oscar Jim Verraros, American Idol finalist Mabel Hubbard, wife of Alexander Graham Bell Stefan LeFors, Canadian footballer Sir William McMahon, Australian Prime Minister Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim across the English Channel Helen Adam Keller, author, political activist, lecturer & first deaf blind person to get a bachelor of Arts degree SPECIAL THANKS TO The Red Cross School for hearing impaired, Pune Mrs. Rani Parasnis Music Wilhelm Neuland-Guitar and Piano Duets on the Tune of Non Piu Mesta, Courtesy Aaron Prillaman & MUSOPEN.org PRODUCED BY www.mocomi.com
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