Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Nepal (Nepala)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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Books on deafness Deaf advocacy and politics Deaf and social services Deaf culture Deaf education & youth
Deaf film Deaf history and current events Deaf performing arts Nepali Sign Language Nepali Sign Language dictionaries
Organizations Religion & Deafness

Books on deafness

Taylor, I. (October 1997). Buddhas in disguise: Deaf people of Nepal. Dawnsign Press; ISBN-10: 0915035596, ISBN-13: 978-0915035595. Americans who have been learning lately about Deaf Culture in America will appreciate reading this book about Deaf people who are not as fortunate in overcoming discrimination or having a rich source of education available for them, and will understand where Deaf Americans have come from. A must-read for educators and advocates who want to undertand what Deaf people face in demanding equality in their lives. Written by a daughter of Deaf parents who saw first-hand what life is like in America, and then learned what it is like to be deaf in a country where Deaf people are not so fortunate. At the same time, the book shows the beauty of the country itself, their culture and customs through photographs made by the author when she took side trips from her base in Kathmandu.

Deaf advocacy and politics

The Kathmandu Post. (15 January 2001). Scroll down to "Activists working for deaf urged to be united."

Deaf and social services

Deaf Program: Social Development and volunteering Service in Nepal.

Giri, G. (1997, June). Disability and Refugees -The Example of Nepal. Notes on an example of good practice in relation to including disabled people in a refugee programme. The Jhapa Refugee programme is a good example of addressing disability within a refugee context. The following is a summary of the history and key components of the project which contribute towards its quality, impact and sustainability.

Deaf culture

amanadhikary. (2008, March 17). Kya Bore Bhayo.Nepalese flag,Nepalese flagSign Language iconNepali song by Yogeshwor Amatya, video featuring deaf waiters of Bakery Cafe' Kathmandu.

Asia Pacific Regional EGM. Country Paper: Nepal.

Deaf News around the World. (1999, May 23). Nepal's high incident Deafness. Click on article title.

giganepal. (2007, August 31). Nepal Deaf News.Nepalese flagSign Language icon NFDH have identified for the deaf people, the core areas of the issue, are sign language, deaf community, deaf individual and deaf organizations.

International Bibliography of Sign Language - Nepal.

Livadas, G. (2003, April 16). Cultural crash course cut short. Sherpa was 9 years old when Irene Taylor Brodsky, a Brighton native, visited Nepal to write about the significant deaf population there. Sherpa was pictured in her book. Years later, a California teacher on a spiritual quest visited Nepal and recognized Sherpa from the book. He bought a plane ticket for Sherpa so he could visit the United States and teach other deaf people about Buddhism.

World around You. (January-February 1998). Life looks up for deaf people at the top of the world.

World Deaf directory - Nepal.

Deaf education & youth

DeafTODAY. (2004, December 25). Shakya seeks assistance for disabled children. President of the organising association Deepak Kumar Shakya called for opening a college for the deaf in order to provide the hearing-impaired the opportunity to gain higher education.

Enabling Education Network. Deafness and the development of communication skills in developing countries: Examples from Mongolia and Nepal.

Family Care Foundation. Family Volunteer Services of Nepal.

olenepal. (2007, November 15). Santosh Using OLPC XO.video camera: This links to a videoSantosh is a seven-year-old Nepali boy who has been deaf from birth. He helps us test the learning activities we are developing for Nepal's pilot of OLPC. You can learn more about our work at http://nepal.ole.org

philipinnepal.British & American flagClosed captioning icon,Nepalese flagSign Language icon

golden marble bullet(2008, August 25). Nepali deaf art students demonstrate how to mount wall mosaics. UK charity The Esther Benjamins Trust was helped by art volunteers Dan Newnham and Zoe Childerley who taught at our mosaic workshop for deaf school leavers in August 2008.

golden marble bullet(2008, March 15). Teaching deaf Nepali young people how to make mosaics. UK children's charity The Esther Benjamins Trust (EBT) has been working to help deaf children and young people in Nepal since 1999. Project work has been conducted at a school for 150 deaf children in Bhairahawa, southwest Nepal. This has included building classrooms and paying educational scholarships. But even with a good education school leavers struggle to find work in a very discriminatory society that considers them to be "lato" ("stupid").

Teaching at Deaf school in Nepal. With each volunteer opportunity, individual experiences differ based on expectations, desires, personal background, etc... Working at the Kavre Deaf School not only allows you to make an important contribution to the education of the students, but also provides opportunities to gain knowledge about the deaf community in Nepal and learn Nepali Sign Language.

Deaf film

Deaf Rochester Film Festival - March 2005-Videos, DVDs and CDs. Ishara. Irene Taylor Brodsky. 32 mins. Nepali Sign Language with English captions. (4th floor, HV2855.9 .I74 1994). Ishara is the sanskrit word for gesture or hand sign. Looks at the lives of deaf children in Nepal, exploring the hardships of daily life in a country where deafness is considered a result of karmic worth. Made in cooperation with UNICEF.

Deaf history and current events

giganepal. (2007, August 31). Nepal Deaf News.Nepalese flag,Nepalese flagSign Language iconNFDH have identified for the deaf people, the core areas of the issue, are sign language, deaf community, deaf individual and deaf organizations.

Deaf performing arts

Jyotipunja Sign Theatre. Though we have a theatre history of more than 2,500 years , sign theatre is in its nascent stage.Its slow progress is the probable outcome of the limited number of sign (around 4,000 ) which is all these deaf actors have to keep up their work with.One can imagine the complexity of portraying infinite emotions with finite signs.Yet, these actors delivers a flawless performance, unveiling personal anxiety and social barriers, showing off their might to live normal lives without being called impaired and less significant.

Nepali Sign Language

International bibliography of sign language - Nepal Sign Language.

International Bibliography of Sign Language - Nepal Sign Lnaguage (NSL).

Joshi, R. B.

golden marble bullet(1994). Nepal: a paradise of the deaf? In: Erting, C. J. et al (eds): The deaf way: perspectives from the International Conference on Deaf Culture. Washington, DC: Gallaudet Univ. Press - pp. 69-74.

golden marble bullet(1991). Nepal: a paradise of the deaf? In: Sign Language Studies 20: 71 - pp. 161-168.

Nepal Association of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ed). (1996). Final Report of the 3 day seminar on "Nepali Sign Language in the Deaf Communication".

Nepalese Sign Language: A language of Nepal.

Sign, gesture, & deafness in South Asian & South-West Asian histories: A bibliography with annotation and excerpts from India; also from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma / Myanmar, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Persia / Iran, & Sri Lanka.

Sign Languages (All Dialects). Use Search to find Nepali Sign Language books.

South Asian linguistics - Sign languages (All dialects).

Woodward, James: The relationship of sign language varieties in India, Pakistan and Nepal. In: Sign Language Studies 22: 78 (1993) - pp. 15-22. Recent research has shown that sign language varieties in India and Pakistan are related. This report examines the possible relationship of sign language varieties in India and Pakistan to those in Nepal by analyzing comparative lexical data from sign language varieties in the three countries.

Nepali Sign Language dictionaries

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: Nepal.

Deaf News around the World. (23 May 1999). Sing for Kumari in Nepali Sign Language. Kumari is a living "goddess" in Nepal; this "Kumari" term means a virgin goddess. Nepali worshippers revere many gods, goddesses, deities, and incarnations through statues, sculptures, and other symbols at temples and many other places.

International bibliography of sign language - Nepal Sign Language dictionary.

Nepal Association of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ed).

golden marble bullet(1997). Nepali Sign Language dictionary (Book three).

golden marble bullet(1996). Nepali Sign Language dictionary (Book one).

Nepal National Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NFDH). Scroll down to fingerspelling chart.

Sign Languages (All Dialects). Use Search to find Nepali Sign Language books.

Organizations

Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf (NAD) conducts various types of programs focusing on the development of Deaf people of Nepal. NAD works as an advocate for the Deaf people of Nepal in social services, community awareness, employment, housing, education and all aspects integration into society. NAD also offers Nepali Sign Language classes and training to both Deaf and hearing people. NAD's activities include seminars and workshops to empower people who are Deaf, employment of many qualified Deaf people, skill-development training of Deaf people in rural areas and Deaf women, and promotion of teachers for sign language classes. NAD seeks cooperation with other countries for continuing training, administrative and financial support, as well as to exchange knowledge of different sign languages.

Nepal National Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. NFDH adopted a policy to accept a mission for the prosperity of deaf to achieve is mainly 4 fundamental base which are 1. Sign Language 2. Deaf Community 3. Deaf Culture and 4. deaf organisation. The main issues of the deaf are communication which is possible when sign language promote. Sign language can not promote without deaf community, community can not prosper without sound deaf, strong deaf organisation or deaf leadership, and the first 3 can not grow in proper direction. Without proper role of deaf organisation so, the 4 fundamental bases are important, and need proper care, for which NFDH all its plans, programmes and activities, focused in it.

nepalnewsvideo. (2008, January 4). 11th National Gathering 2064 of NFDH. Newly appointed Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Pampha Bhusal, speaking at an inauguration of 11th National Gathering 2064 of Nepal National Federation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NFDH), said the Ministry will make new policies and different activities and take it to the targeted people and community in a transparent way.

Sunsari Association of the Deaf.

Religion & Deafness

Avatar and Nepal.

Handspeak. Sing for Kumari in Nepali Sign Language. Kumari is a living "goddess" in Nepal; this "Kumari" term means a virgin goddess. Nepali worshippers revere many gods, goddesses, deities, and incarnations through statues, sculptures, and other symbols at temples and many other places.

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