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Various important historical facts about the deaf community

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Establishment of the first deaf school in Nepal (1965)

The first deaf school in Nepal was established in the Naxals of Kathmandu as "School for the Deaf Children Kathmandu". After that, 4 deaf schools of the same name were established in Surkhet, Bhairawa, Saptari and Dharan. The school in Kathmandu was later renamed as "Central Deaf Higher Secondary School" and classes are now being conducted in this school till graduation.

Establishment of the first deaf association in Nepal (1990)

  • Kathmandu Deaf Association is the first deaf association to be formally established in Nepal. The association was formally registered at the Kathmandu District Administration Office in 1990 after the restoration of democracy. Kathmandu Deaf Association has been working unofficially as the first organization for persons with disabilities since 2037 BS.
  • Involvement in the World Federation of the Deaf
    • National Federation of the Deaf Nepal became an ordinary member of the World Federation of the Deaf in 1996.
    • On behalf of Nepal, Mr. Vikas Dangol was elected as a member of the working committee of the World Federation of the Deaf from 2007 to 2011.
    • Similarly, Mr. Ramesh Lal Shrestha was elected as a member of the working committee of the World Federation of the Deaf from 2011 to 2015.
  • Membership in the Asia Pacific Secretariat of the World Federation of the Deaf
    • National Federation of the Deaf Nepal became an ordinary member of the Asia-Pacific Secretariat of the World Federation of the Deaf in 1996.
    • Mr. Raghav Vir Joshi was elected to the Asia-Pacific Secretariat Committee of the World Federation of the Deaf from 2003 to 2007.
    • Rajendra Prasad Sharma was elected to the Asia-Pacific Secretariat Committee of the World Federation of the Deaf for two terms from 2007 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2015.

News broadcast in Nepali sign language

  • News in Nepali Sign Language was broadcast once a week on Nepal Television once a week since February 1, 1997.
  • Historically, daily news in Nepali sign language was started from Avenue Television on 22 September, 2073 BS.

World Deaf Federation Asia Pacific Region Program Completed

The 10th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Secretariat of the World Federation of the Deaf was held in Kathmandu in 1998. The United Nations celebrated that decade of disability as a decade-long one. At that time, the President of the World Federation of the Deaf, Lisa Kopinken, was visiting Nepal for the first time.

Integrated Nepali Sign Language Dictionary Publication

Nepali Sign Language Dictionary was published in 2003 by integrating all the different parts of Nepali Sign Language. Part 1, 2 and 3 were integrated and Nepali Sign Language Dictionary was published with the support of the British Embassy.

Deaf children formally attend SLC exam (2006)

Srijana Deaf School, Pokhara got approval to run a secondary school in 2006 and deaf students formally participated in the SLC examination.

The 20th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Secretariat delegation of the World Federation of the Deaf concluded in Pokhara

The meeting of the Asia-Pacific Secretariat delegation of the World Federation of the Deaf was organized by the National Federation of the Deaf Nepal in 2008 in Pokhara, Nepal. President of the World Federation of the Deaf Markhu Yokinen visited Nepal for the first time for the occasion.

Deaf man becomes member of Constituent Assembly and Parliament (2008)

Raghav Bir Joshi was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly from the Communist Party of Nepal in 2064 BS through proportional representation process. He was instrumental in getting the CRPD approved by parliament in 2009.

Election of the first woman president of the National Federation of the Deaf Nepal (2011)

Mrs. Kalpana Bajracharya became the first deaf woman president of the National Federation of the Deaf in Nepal. He was elected president from the sixth general convention of the federation held in Bhaktapur.

Supreme Court rules on issuing driver's license to deaf people (2014)

I have been advocating with the Government of Nepal for a long time to amend the Driver's License Act 2037 to provide driver's license to the deaf community. As no progress has been made in this direction, the National Federation of the Deaf Nepal has filed a petition against the provision of the Act depriving the deaf community of the right to obtain a driver's license. No. The writ was filed in the Supreme Court on ........... Vs. No. In ..........., the Supreme Court amended the Act and ordered the Government of Nepal to issue driver's licenses to deaf citizens.

The 101st Bard Meeting of the World Federation of the Deaf concluded in Kathmandu

The 101st Bard Meeting of the World Federation of the Deaf was organized in 2016 in Kathmandu under the local management of the National Federation of the Deaf Nepal.

Development of the first mobile application of Nepali Sign Language

The National Federation of the Deaf Nepal created the first mobile application in 2016, incorporating the basic sign language of Nepali. Which included more than 200 commonly used signals.

News in sign language was broadcast daily on Live Avenues Television at 6 pm (2016).

News from Avenues Television in sign language was broadcast daily from October 8 at 6 pm on Avenues Television.

Twin Sign Language was published in Sign Language

Published in 2017 by Devendra Timilsina.

Comprehensive Nepali Sign Language Dictionary and Mobile Application Development

In 2017, the federation created a large dictionary and mobile application of Nepali Sign Language based on the size and location of the hand. The massive dictionary of the sign language and the mobile application contained about 4,700 symbols.

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