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SAMOA: What sign languages are used in Samoa?




This article can help you answer the following questions:



 

Where is Samoa?




 


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


There are an estimated 6,540 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Samoa.




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 Samoa?


  • Samoan Sign Language




Written / spoken languages in Samoa:

  • Samoan


 

How do you say Samoa in sign language?





 

Where can I learn Samoan Sign Language online?


This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here: https://www.intersignuniversity.com/sign-languages





InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:

https://intersign-university.thinkific.com/collections?category=courses



 


What Deaf organizations are located in Samoa?


Nuanua O Le Alofa Inc

Phone: +685 21147/ 7584258

disabilitycouncil@samoa.ws

Description: Promotes equal rights for people with disabilities and deaf people in Samoa.


Loto Taumafai Society

lototaumafai@ipasifika.net

Description: Has an Education Center and Early Intervention Program meant to provide a quality education and services for all people with disabilities. Many of its students are Deaf.


SENESE Inclusive Education Support Services

senese@samoa.ws

Description: Provides early intervention, preschool, primary, secondary, and outreach programs for families and children who are deaf. Students are taught via Samoan sign, English, and Samoan. School also provides support for inclusive education with expertise in deafness, intellectual disabilities, and autism.



Source: Gallaudet

 

Additional sign language resources for Samoa







We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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