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JAMAICA: What sign languages are used in Jamaica?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Jamaica?


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

There are an estimated 95,500 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Jamaica.

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 Jamaica?

  • Konchri Sain (Jamaican Country Sign Language, KS)

  • Jamaican Sign Language (JSL)

    • American Sign Language dialect

Written / spoken languages in Jamaica:

  • English

  • English patois


How do you say Jamaica in sign language?


Where can I learn Jamaica 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:


Where the Deaf village in Jamaica?

The Jamaican Deaf Village (JDV) in Mandeville, Jamaica


What Deaf organizations are located in Jamaica?

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Jamaica

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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