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The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) is an institute devoted to the education and rehabilitation of individuals with speech-language and hearing impairments located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city in the Indian state of Kerala. It was established in 1997 on the initiative of the state of Kerala and is a self-financing affiliate college of the University of Kerala.
National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) is offering a free 6-week online course on Indian Sign Language (ISL). Candidates may register at nish.ofabee.com for the course titled "Introduction to ISL". The course consists of 10-15 minutes videos each week that would be delivered through the Ofabee online training platform developed by Enfin Technologies,Technopark. The registered candidates have to participate in assignments.The intention of the course is to familiarise ISL to special educators and parents who are dealing with the deaf and hard of hearing. No certification will be issued. The course deals with signs of simple words and how it is used in sentences. The grammar of ISL is also introduced.
Its academic courses include: Bachelor in Audiology & Speech and Language Pathology, Master in Audiology & Speech and Language Pathology, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (for the hearing impaired), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (for the hearing impaired).
A programme of experiential learning was started at the NISH in December 2012 with 17 students participating in an activity-based learning method where the students become performers and the teachers, facilitators.
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