An upcoming dictionary aims to improve communication among the deaf in India.

The project comes from the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre.

Established in 2015, the government-supported organization aims "to provide increased accessibility for the hearing-impaired.

" The group strives to improve conditions in education and work for India's 5 million deaf citizens.

Mashable notes that the dictionary is significant in part because India's deaf community has yet to receive the official minority status that exists in countries like the U.


The government recently signaled an intention to move toward such status recognition.

The 12-member team established by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment included 6,000 English and Hindi words.

Those words are made up of 44 distinct hand shapes.

Currently, the nearest thing to a complete dictionary is the Talking Hands Android app and web resource.

For NewsBeat Social, I'm Cambrie Caldwell.