Pakistan Sign Language

Bridging the gap with technology

For the first time in Pakistan, FESF has developed Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) Learning Resources to bridge the existing gap in educational materials for the Deaf. This innovative project sponsored by Ilm-Ideas, features a 5,000 word visual lexicon in both English and Urdu on a searchable Web portal, DVD and Phone app. The book, 1000 Basic Signs,also contains translations from PSL into the four main regional languages.

These open-access PSL resources are now widely available countrywide to assist the Deaf in gaining literacy skills, and to enhance their opportunities for education, employment and social inclusion. They have proven to be a key resource for those working in Deaf education, as well as for parents, families and employers.

They are also a tremendous teaching tool for mainstream children who want to learn English, as well as for any special needs child with communication challenges.

Discover the PSL Learning Resources online at:


Sign language is not universal: Like spoken language, sign language is unique and different in every country – even countries with the same spoken language.

Sign language is not a translation of a spoken language: Sign language, a deaf person’s native tongue, is a natural and complete language with its own grammatical structure.

In Pakistan there have been scant PSL materials: But now, for the first time, PSL Digital Learning Resources are available to all countrywide.

Praise For PSL Learning Resources

I am particularly touched by the perseverance with which FESF has succeeded in setting up world class educational services for deaf children in my country. The PSL Learning Resources are a unique and pioneering contribution which will serve to enrich the lives of many deaf children and their families in Pakistan.

It will also enable non-deaf people like me to learn the language and be able to communicate with the Deaf Community. The website, phone app and book open up a whole new range of possibilities. I congratulate the FESF leadership and wish it all the success. I also look forward to a productive interaction between FESF and the University of the Punjab.”

Dr. Mujahid Kamran
Vice Chancellor
University of Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan

As President of Gallaudet University, I take genuine interest in the Deaf Reach Program that has produced a free online PSL Lexicon geared towards deaf and hard hearing children and adults. It will benefit their families, those who work in deaf education, as well as employers and the community at large.

I applaud the Pakistani Deaf Community and FESF for its ingenuity and initiative in developing this informative and resourceful lexicon that will enhance the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people in Pakistan.”

T. Alan Hurwitz
Gallaudet University (the world’s most prominent Deaf University)
Washington D.C, USA