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AFGHANISTAN: What sign languages are used in Afghanistan?

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Afghanistan?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Afghanistan?

There are an estimated 1,284,600 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Afghanistan.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Afghanistan?

  • Jalalabad Sign Language or Afghan Sign Language

Written / spoken languages in Afghanistan:

  • Dari Persian

  • Pashto

  • Regional: Uzbek, Turkmen, Balochi, Pashayi, Hazaragi, Nuristani


How do you say Afghanistan in sign language?


Where can I learn Afghanistan sign languages online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan National Association of the Deaf

P.O. Box 5596

Kabul, Afghanistan

SMS: +93 79 469947

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Afghanistan

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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