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NEPAL: What sign languages are used in Nepal?

Updated: Jul 7




This article can help you answer the following questions:



 

Where is Nepal?




 


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


There are an estimated 961,510 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Nepal.




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 Nepal?


  • Nepalese Sign Language or Nepali Sign Language

  • Village sign languages:

  • Jhankot Sign Language

  • Jumla Sign Language

  • Ghandruk Sign Language

  • Maunabudhuk–Bodhe Sign Language



Written / spoken languages in Nepal:

  • Nepali

  • Maithili

  • Bhojpuri

  • Tamang

  • Tharu

  • Newari

  • Bajjika

  • Magar

  • altogether 123 languages are spoken in Nepal


 

How do you say Nepal in sign language?




 

Where can I learn Nepali Sign Language online?


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




 


What Deaf organizations are located in Nepal?



Baglung Association of the Deaf

deafasscnbaglung@yahoo.com


Bhaktapur Association of the Deaf

SMS: 9841 849023 (Text only)


Bheri Association of the Deaf

Phone/Fax :- 083- 5 21360


Chitwan Association of the Deaf

SMS: 98450-69142


Dhading Association of the Deaf

SMS: 9841 883404


Dhankuta Association of the Deaf

Phone: 026 -520938


Dhanusha Association of the Deaf


Gandaki Association of the Deaf (GADPakhara)

gadpokhara@wlink.com.np

http://www.deafschool.edu.np/

Description: GAD works to end poverty, illiteracy, and isolation among deaf and hard of hearing people and to empower them through sign language, awareness, and academic education. It offers training in Nepali Sign Language including in rural areas; runs an income generation program; and runs a secondary school for deaf students.


Gorkha Association of the Deaf

goaddeaf@yahoo.com


Kathmandu Association of the Deaf

kad2037@ntc.net.np


Kavre Development Association of the Deaf

kavre.deaf@gmail.com


Koshi Association of The Deaf

Phone / Fax:- 021- 528969


Lalitpur Association of the Deaf

deaf.association@gmail.com

Description: The Lalitpur Association of the Deaf advocates for deaf people in the areas of social services, community awareness, employment, housing, education, and integration into society. It is especially active in the areas of sign language, education, health, human rights, and empowering deaf women through promoting gender and social equity


Lumbini Association of the Deaf

Phone: 071-5 21327


Makawanpur Association of the Deaf

Deaf_mkw@ntc.ner.np

jhamka.gautam@gmail.com


National Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mahottari (NADH)


Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf

nawalprasi@gmail.com

Description: NAD works as an advocate for the Deaf people of Nepal in social services, community awareness, employment, housing, and education. NAD seeks cooperation with other countries.


Nepal National Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NFDH)

info@nfdh.org.np

http://www.nfdh.org.np


Nuwakot Association of the Deaf


Pyutahan Association of the Deaf

Phone: 086-690118


Rautahat Association Of The Deaf

Phone: 9845039671 or 9845039670


Deaf Women Development Committee (DWDC)

Tel: +977-1-415-568


Sindhuli Association of the Deaf

sindhuli.deaf@gmail.com


Sindhupalchowk Association of the Deaf

Phone: 011 – 6 63032


Siraha Association of the Deaf

Phone: 033-1-520364 or 520988


Sunsari Association of the Deaf

Phone: 025-521853


Syanja Association of the Deaf

syadeaf_org@yahoo.com



Source: Gallaudet

 

Additional sign language resources for Nepal








We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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