To connect communities and improve access to information, education, entertainment etc. to facilitate the web industry to share its skills with “Deaf Community” through the web, open source programming and other technology platforms by developing projects that improve the lives of the deaf and encourage deaf engagement in more proactive way.
The added advantages along with the technology are also a growth in personal, psychological, motivational perspective of the deaf. A sense of security, enhanced self-esteem, high levels of confidence, a platform for understanding and correcting, personal empowerment etc.
A project that will work with all the deaf communities, deaf supporting groups, institutions, organizations, charity and non-profit organizations
To empower deaf people through ‘Online “education, counseling, workshops and various programs like:
- Vocational Training
- Counseling for the deaf children and the youth and parents
- Leadership Training
- Personality development
- Video Based Sign Language Learning
- Skills enhancement workshops
- Deaf Education workshops/seminars at Government Deaf schools
- Introducing and creating an deaf awareness of various methodologies
- Interpreting Services
- Health awareness and Ask the doctor through live streaming
SignTv Charitable Association for the Welfare of the Deaf Is a Charitable Association registered with the Government of Kerala Registration No: TVM/TC/31/2014. SignTv – Deaf News, Deaf Entertainment and Deaf Education
An online website will provide and reach the deaf and the deaf community in a very innovative and creative way, an online website will be easy to access and to be accessible by anyone, anywhere, where internet is available.
SignTv and its most important program is to provide online the availability of News in Indian Sign Language, SignTv will produce and then broadcast news by embedded/recorded/streaming the daily news online. Local, National and International news can be broadcasted or streamed to the deaf.
To collaborate with other entities who are involved in supporting the deaf community in Kerala, India and other countries to produce, share and work together towards providing News, Entertainment and Educational programs for the Deaf.By supporting the unreached and the under privileged who do not have the sources to watch, to share and to get involved, that’s where SignTv is going to become an important and integral space for the deaf in a Non-Profit way.
SignTv will produce daily local, National and international news in “Sign Language” and then broadcast it in SignTv as embedded news or recorded news or live web streaming.
SignTv will strive towards getting trained and becoming professionally qualified in producing and news reporting by using the guidance and facility of the Press Council of India and other News and Media training facility. This is to in the future produce very professional news reporting and news broadcasting for the deaf in “Sign Language”
Video Chat Facility:
A video chat facility will be one of the most highlighted facility of SignTv site.
The using of video chat facility in SignTv can be a great opportunity for learning and sharing in real time. This will create a very exciting and innovative platform for deaf communication bringing more individuals, groups together to watch and learn and share.
- Individuals(Only Deaf will be given permission to use this facility) can makes use of this for chatting, connecting and sharing with anyone anywhere locally, nationally or internationally paving the way to understand the world in a better, faster and easier way
- This video chat window can be used by Tutors, Sign language Trainers, Sign language interpreters, Deaf schools, Deaf training Institutions / Centers, for presentation, to Educate, Train, Present, Introduce, to get to know how other entities work, for Know-how and Knowledge sharing.
- For e.g.: Government deaf schools can use this free facility to learn, educate, introduce and share with others deaf schools by using the web chat facility so that the Sign language can be used and seen which can make communication so much more easier and in a more innovative and creative way where individuals, groups can see each other, view each other’s programs and events.
Users can organize events to participate and watch from anywhere, anytime. For e.g.: using the Calendar in the SignTv site they can pre book slots for- ( by pre booking slotswill allow faster streaming of Web chat or Web streaming for users. Many users at a given time will slow down the feasibility for continued undisrupted video streaming)
E.g.: School A (Trivandrum) and School B (Pune) will pre book a slot for introducing about their own school, what they do, where they are located, what is the culture, food, history etc all in “Sign Language”
They can use the web facility to stream video from their own location presenting in sign language events or programs bringing individuals and groups more closely.
Keep in touch – Get in Touch programs are slots that can be used for introducing and presenting programs, events, cultural programs either recorded embedded videos or live streaming.
A live or recorded video presentation can be watched by everyone anywhere
- This facility can be used by Teachers to teach individuals or groups even in remote
Locationswhere internet and computers are available or even where deaf schools are not established.
- The web chat facility will bring a more enhanced way of communicating for the deaf by providing a free video chat facility through which then can see view each other.
- By providing free internet access or having internet access will allow each individual, groups or communities to have a whole new world of News, Entertainment, Educational, Health programs and other programs within their reach anytime, anywhere.
This is where SignTv will be going a step further by working with Sign Language Interpreters, Deaf Teachers, Deaf Schools and other Deaf Educational Institutions to produce, co-produce, create a new medium of video based sign language educational programs which can be used by anyone for free by downloading the videos from the site or play it directly from the SignTv website or watch real time video streaming of educational programs streamed live from the studios or other spaces.
These embedded video based Sign Language educational programs can be viewed in the class rooms, school halls, or community halls at any given time anywhere from the site.
Since Sign language is different from state to state or location to location the SignTv website will provide a platform for working towards a“Universal Sign Language Program” that can be used all over the world a more advanced and simplified sign language.
Project Prepared and Presented By Kingsley David – Founder SignTv
Video Based Teaching Programs:
Basic Sign Languages
Usage of sign language in daily lives.
Understanding Different types of sign languages
ISL – Indian Sign Language
BSL – British Sign Language
ASL – American Sign Language
Greetings and Useful Words
House Hold Items
Production of entertainment videos for the deaf, presented in sign language with closed captions either recorded or live presentation (Web Streaming)!
Live presentations of events
Live Travel Videos and presented in Sign Language.
Recorded or live video streaming of:
- Performing arts
- Visual Arts
Producing Inspirational Videos, and Videos with messages from prominent personalities, Music Videos, Other creative programs and events by the Deaf in Sign Language.
We will also work with other entities to produce videos for presentation in other sign languages based in other locations which can be/will be streamed or embedded in our site to be watch or viewed later.
Freely available or copyrighted videos which can be shared through SignTv website for viewing from other creators or producers.
Already present You Tube Videos based on sign languages, Animation, Deaf Songs, Deaf Funny Videos etc can be embedded in our site for use by anyone anytime.
Live web streaming from other locations can be streamed through our website for viewers.
This will be purely based on interactions individually, or in groups with a Doctor Online through Web Chat! Using sign language.
ENT Doctors presenting Health Talks to Parents and the Deaf.
Discussions and Debates on Deaf Hearing, New advancement in speech and hearing technology, new developed methods for the Deaf, Hard of hearing etc.
About implantations and surgeries that improve the hearing.
How to recognize or understand early signs of deafness or hard of hearing
Deaf presenters presenting programs to better understand various health issues, various available health camps and health workshops for the deaf.
Presentation by Developers, Companies, Organizations, Institutions that are working on new methodology to improve, identify, enhance Speech, Hearing, Learning and Deaf support hardware/software.
About the Site:
The site will be a Responsive Sitebuilt with contemporary responsive UI which allows user to view the platform seamlessly on all devices.
How to use, how to access, how to change passwords, how to log in, how to use video chat facility will be presented in Sign Language in the main page. This will ensure that each individual who are not tech savvy will learn from the presentation videos.
A SignTv App will be developed so that it can be installed in hardware where users can use it with ease to access various programs with just a click.
All users will be identified and confirmed that they are deaf individuals or those who are in deaf related activities. (This will allow only those who are deaf to use the chat facilities), to ensure that the public doesn’t enter and use the system for unwanted usage.
Applications will be developed by Signtv to lock the system from a remote center so that laptops, tabs and mobile phones that are provided free of cost is safe and cannot be used by anyone else in case of theft or lost situation other than the user.
All user will have to have an identification or registration, or a letter of consent from the concerned to make sure only genuine users have access.
PS: This is not the final version of the project.
Project Prepared and Presented By Kingsley David – Founder SignTv – V.1 – 22/09/2013
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The efforts of this channel are aimed toward bettering the access of the hearing impaired to important information on everything from global events to personal health. The rapidly increasing availability of TV and internet make this a particularly effective medium. The next project of the SignTv team is to encourage all special education schools in the country to include at least an hour a day of sign language training into their curriculum.
The channel is a small but highly commendable endeavor geared at improving the lives of the deaf and hearing impaired in India. The lack of resources plagues this effort as well, but the SignTv team is hopeful that with increased community awareness this issue is not difficult to be tackled. Provided adequate funding, their goal is to expand their channel to increase the community engagement of the hearing impaired, and end the stigma associated with disabilities in India. Notwithstanding any hurdles, the project is an exemplary illustration of the power of technology in alleviating social injustices.
– Atifah Sa