Deaf in Ecuador





Largest Religion

Main Language


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Introduction / History

Deaf Ecuadorians are working hard to have Lengua de Señas de Ecuador LSEC), Ecuadorian Sign Language, recognized as a legitimate language. In 2010, there were approximately 213,000 Ecuadorian deaf people according to Consejo Nacional de Discapacidades (CONADIS), the national disability organization. The largest deaf population lives in Quito with the next largest populations living in Guayaquil and Cuenca.

The Federación Nacional de Sordos del Ecuador (FENASEC) began 25 years ago and strives to encourage sign language use and self-development among deaf Ecuadorians and to implement a sign language development plan. FENASEC is working to create a LSEC dictionary and distribute it to schools, interpreters, and the general deaf population by 2012. Lenín Moreno Garcés, the current Vice President of Ecuador, has advocated for disabled Ecuadorians, including deaf people, increasing their voice in society.

Deaf people frequently meet together for soccer, association meetings, and other social events. All adults are required to work by law but higher-paying positions are difficult for deaf people to obtain. Deaf people indicate that many can work their way to higher-paid positions after proving their skill level.

Most deaf students attend deaf-only or mixed-disability schools. The largest deaf school that offers both primary and secondary education is located in Quito: Instituto Nacional de Audición y Lenguaje (INAL). Most of the deaf schools use Total Communication as their method of communication in teaching; very few schools are bilingual. Some deaf students are integrated into the regular school system which uses little sign.

Very few interpreters are available in Ecuador, and there are almost no opportunities for people to get professional training as interpreters. If deaf people had increased access to interpreters, advanced educational opportunities and communication access to everyday life events would become available. The deaf community indicates that their greatest needs are for educational materials of all kinds, religious and health materials, teacher training, and sign language classes for families with deaf children.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Ecuador 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ecuadorian Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ecuadorian Sign Language

For Main Lanugage: Ecuadorian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
3.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
6.0 %
6.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
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