Indian signers build skills at iSLanDS Deaf-Led Research week
We want to thank our talented research trainees for a successful and enjoyable week of capacity building in India last month. Led by our senior lecturer Sibaji Panda, the training enabled 22 participants to develop generic research skills as well as specific skills in conducting research within the Indian Sign Language community. The training took place in Vadodara (Gujarat) from 27 June to 3 July, with all sessions, travel, meals and accommodation provided by iSLanDS.
We are excited to be a part of the Deaf-Led Research movement and were pleased to host such a high calibre of deaf graduates and ISL researchers, instructors and activists. Mr Panda commented: “It was an honour to deliver this training and we hope it has contributed toward the empowerment of deaf ISL users, helping to enhance and harness their expertise so that they themselves can guide the pedagogy and linguistic research of their language. Such deaf leadership is a major component of iSLanDS’s mission and it is compelling to see it becoming a reality in India, which has a large population of sign language activists”.
Local implementation of the programme was facilitated by the iSLanDS international hub in India, and we are grateful for additional support provided by Vadodara-based Mook Badhir Mandal and Ishara Foundation.