BRAZIL: What sign languages are used in Brazil?
Updated: Jun 30
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 andHard 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
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:
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:
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.
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
We will update this section as more information becomes available.