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On the occassion of the 21st convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) at Delhi, a number of disability related programs were launched.

The programmes include post-graduate professional diploma in special education in the area of mental retardation, visual impairment and hearing impairment, post-graduate professional certificate in special education programme in the areas of mental retardation, visual impairment and hearing impairment, M.Ed. in special education, M.Sc. in counselling and family therapy and certificate in early childhood special education enabling inclusion (mental retardation).

In addition to this, the university also launched a new sign language program for benefit of deaf students throughout India.

It includes a one-year preparatory course targeted at deaf signers leading to the B.A. applied sign linguistics degree reportedly the first of its kind in India.

The course aims at providing training to teachers and enabling them to teach sign language to children, adults, interpreters, and parents.

Refer to IGNOU website for more details.

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