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Three-day Mumbai conference concludes with a proposed Disability Communication curriculum
The three-day international conference in Mumbai conclude on January 11 with curriculum outline of disability communication for the University of Mumbai.
On the last day of the conference, the issues of shift beyond dichotomous hegemony of medical and social models of disability; difference between research and researching and panel discussion on disability communication took place.

It was stated that we are one society consisting of differentiation, plurality and diversity which requires moving away from the normatic model stressing uniformity and similarity or sameness.

Also, the need of developing an Indian Sign Language (ISL) akin to Muaritian Sign Language (MSL) should be developed to be recognised as a bonafide language. It was informed that the Governments of India and Mauritius are going to sign a memorandum of understanding in this regard.

It was also suggested that non-normative perspective of research and functionality continuum should be treated or uniqueness of every human was required to be treated as another attribute with participation and inclusion in the process of learning, as I could gather.

The suggested curriculum outline on disability communication was discussed and need was felt to fine tune it. I think that curriculum development by itself is professional activity that merely does not consist of the course topics but also designing its transaction and appropriate learning material.

There is need to ensure that the curriculum implementation should be pedagogically sound. Even for capacity building the faculty would be required to be built and mobilized for meaningful and effective transaction of the proposed curriculum, I feel.

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