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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

  • 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:




 


What Deaf organizations are located in Brazil?


Federación Nacional de Educ. Integracao dos Surdos (FENEIS)

feneis@feneis.org.br

diretoriarj@feneis.org.br

http://www.feneis.org.br

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


Solar Ear

info@solarear.com.br

http://www.solarear.com.br

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

WeDidItOurselvesBrazilDeafCommunity-210804-094352
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Download PDF • 29.43MB



We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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