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LAOS: What sign languages are used in Laos?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Laos?


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

There are an estimated 240,090 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Laos.

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 Laos?

Written / spoken languages in Laos:

  • Lao

  • French

  • Khmu

  • Hmong

  • Phu Thai

  • Tai


How do you say Laos in sign language?


Where can I learn Laotian 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 Laos?

Laos Disabled People’s Association

Rehabilitation Section in Savannakhet; School for the Deaf Unit

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Laos

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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