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INDIA: What sign languages are used in India?

Updated: Apr 21, 2023




This article can help you answer the following questions:




 

Where is India?




 


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


There are an estimated 45,540,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the India.




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 India?





Written / spoken languages in India:

  • Hindi

  • Bengali

  • Urdu

  • Punjabi

  • Marathi

  • Telugu

  • Tamil

  • Gujarati

  • Kannada

  • Odia

  • Malayalam

  • Assamese

  • Santali

  • Meitei (Manipuri)

  • Sanskrit

  • English

 

How do you say India in sign language?





 

Where can I learn Indian Sign Language online?



InterSign University offers online Indian Sign Language courses. Register here:





 

What Deaf village is located in India?




Alipur Deaf Village, India


 

What Deaf organizations are located in India?



Source: Gallaudet

 

Additional sign language resources for India





We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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