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ISRAEL: What sign languages are used in Israel?




This article can help you answer the following questions:



 

Where is Israel?




 


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


There are an estimated 285,630 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Israel.




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 Israel?


  • Shassi or שפת הסימנים הישראלית (Israeli Sign Language, ISL)

  • Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL)

  • Yiddish Sign Language





Written / spoken languages in Israel:

  • Hebrew

  • Arabic


 

How do you say Israel in sign language?




 

Where can I learn Israeli Sign Language online?



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





 


What Deaf village is located in Israel?




Al-Sayyid Deaf Village, Israel


 

What Deaf organizations are located in Israel?


The Association of the Deaf in Israel


Bekol


The Ali Hope Foundation


The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel


Beit Hellen Keller


Sign Language Research Lab


Source: Gallaudet

 

Additional sign language resources for Israel







We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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