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IRAN: What sign languages are used in Iran?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Iran?


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

There are an estimated 2,771,700 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Iran.

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 Iran?

Written / spoken languages in Iran:

  • Persian

  • Azerbaijani

  • Khalaj

  • Qashqai

  • Turkmen

  • Kurdish

  • Gilaki

  • Mazandarani

  • Luri

  • Arabic

  • Balochi

  • Tati

  • Talysh

  • Armenian

  • Georgian

  • Neo-Aramaic

  • Circassian


How do you say Iran in sign language?


Where can I learn Iranian Sign Language online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Iran?

Maragheh Center of the Deaf

Marand Center of the Deaf

Mazardaran Center of the Deaf

Tonekabon Center of the Deaf

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Iran

We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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