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BRAZIL: What sign languages are used in Brazil?

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Brazil?


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

There are an estimated 7,014,400 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Brazil.

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 Brazil?

  • Língua Brasileira de Sinais (Libras) or Brazilian Sign Language

    • Dialects:

      • Brazilian Cities Sign Language

      • São Paulo Sign Language

  • Urubu–Ka'apor Sign Language

  • Isolated Brazilian Indian tribes are also reported to have their own sign languages.

Written / spoken languages in Brazil:

  • Portuguese

  • Indigenous: Apalaí, Arára, Bororo, Canela, Carajá, Carib, Guarani, Kaingang, Nadëb, Nheengatu, Pirahã, Terena, Tucano, Tupiniquim, Wanano, Ye'kuana


How do you say Brazil in sign language?


Where can I learn Brazilian sign languages online?

InterSign University offers online Libras courses. Register here:


Where is the Deaf village in Brazil?


What Deaf organizations are located in Brazil?

Description: Works to defend the rights of deaf people in Brazil and to disseminate Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS).

Description: Manufactures low cost hearing aids and solar chargers, made by people who are deaf.

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Brazil

Disability Studies Quarterly: 'We did it ourselves': The Deaf Social Movement and the Quest for the Legal Recognition of the Libras Sign Language in Brazil

Download PDF • 29.43MB

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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