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:
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:
What Deaf organizations are located in Samoa?
Nuanua O Le Alofa Inc
Phone: +685 21147/ 7584258
Description: Promotes equal rights for people with disabilities and deaf people in Samoa.
Loto Taumafai Society
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
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.
Additional sign language resources for Samoa
We will update this section as more information becomes available.