Qatar to carry out the ‘Jumla’ sign language project
On September 23, the International Day of Sign Languages, Minister of Social Development and Family H E Maryam bint Ali bin Nasser Al Misnad unveiled the "Jumla Sign Language" project for hearing-impaired persons.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family's Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center - has created the world's first initiative of its sort.
In a video message broadcast on the X platform, the Minister of Social Development and Family made the news.
بمناسبة #اليوم_العالمي_للغات_الإشارة— مريم بنت علي المسند (@MANAlMisned) September 23, 2023
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وأود أن أؤكد إيماننا بأنّ الإعاقة هي إعاقة الإرادة، ولأن العزم يسهل كل التحديات، فيسرني أن أعلن عن مشروع "جملة للغة الإشارة" الأول من نوعه في العالم، والذي طوره مركز مدى التابع لوزارة التنمية الاجتماعية والأسرة pic.twitter.com/07JPICiq3u
The Minister saluted all hard of hearing persons in Qatar and all over the world on the occasion of World Sign Languages Day. She asserted that one of the foundational elements of fostering inclusivity and cultural diversity is sign language.
Al Misnad, speaking for us, stated: "We think that handicap is a disability of the will because, with grit and drive, we can overcome any obstacle and find all the ways that lead to achievement.
The first and only initiative of its type in the world, "Jumla Sign Language," is proud to unveil its inventions and research findings.
The project, which was created at the Mada Center, according to the minister, was created to support and guarantee hard-of-hearing people's access to information and communications technology during International Week of the Deaf.
"I sincerely appreciate the courage, tenacity, and inventiveness of persons with disabilities as well as the efforts of everyone striving to create assistive technology for them. Al Misnad said, "Your nation is with you and stands behind you.”
Sign languages (SL) contain a systematic grammar and syntax, just like other spoken languages. SL adheres to precise grammatical norms despite being visual, multidimensional, and heavily reliant on gestures. As a result, these guidelines should be used when creating sign language automatically.
For this reason, Mada is working to design a new framework that will aid in the development of innovative technologies for the deaf by academics and developers. The main goal is to develop tools that facilitate the creation of software by employing statements that have been linguistically checked.
The International Day of Sign Languages serves as a clear reminder of how important it is for organizations, governments, and people to prioritize inclusivity and accessibility in all spheres of society. Today is a day to recommit to making sure that sign languages are available to everyone, everywhere. The International Day of Sign Languages was declared by the UN General Assembly on September 23 in order to promote sign language and the rights of the deaf community. Worldwide celebrations are held on this day to honor sign language and emphasize its value in fostering inclusivity and communication.
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