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:
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
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
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)
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
Kathmandu Association of the Deaf
Kavre Development Association of the Deaf
Koshi Association of The Deaf
Phone / Fax:- 021- 528969
Lalitpur Association of the Deaf
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
National Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mahottari (NADH)
Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf
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.
Nuwakot Association of the Deaf
Pyutahan Association of the Deaf
Rautahat Association Of The Deaf
Phone: 9845039671 or 9845039670
Deaf Women Development Committee (DWDC)
Sindhuli Association of the Deaf
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
Syanja Association of the Deaf
Additional sign language resources for Nepal
We will update this section as more information becomes available.