BAHAMAS: What Sign Languages Are Used in the Bahamas?
Updated: Jun 30
This article can help you answer the following questions:
Where is the Bahamas?
How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in the Bahamas?
There are an estimated 12,900 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Bahamas.
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 the Bahamas?
Pidgin Signed English (PSE)
British Manually Coded English (MCE)
American Sign Language (ASL)
Written / spoken languages in the Bahamas:
Bahamas Creole English
How do you say the Bahamas in sign language?
Where can I learn Bahamian sign languages online?
This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here: https://www.intersignuniversity.com/languages
InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:
What Deaf organizations are located in the Bahamas?
Additional sign language resources for the Bahamas
SIL Sociolinguistic Profiles of Twenty-four Deaf Communities in the Americas (pgs. 10-13)
We will update this section as more information becomes available.