Deaf in Ghana

Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress Gauge

Patrick Speaks

Introduction / History

Hearing impairment and deafness are serious disabilities that can impose a heavy social and economic burden on individuals, families, communities and countries. More than 260,000 people in Ghana are deaf. Hearing parents often consider a deaf child to be a curse as a result of sin. This causes them to not value the deaf child. Most deaf children learn their values, morals and social behaviors from older deaf children, television or movies.

Children with hearing impairment often experience delayed development of speech, language and cognitive skills. They are often very frustrated with hearing people, especially their parents, siblings, teachers, classmates and pastors. They often say, "If you really valued (loved) me, you could learn to Sign, but I cannot learn to hear!"

Most teachers of Ghana's deaf children are hearing, so they do not know nor understand true Sign Language. Like hearing parents, they are unable to transmit cultural values and beliefs to deaf children. The average deaf child with hearing parents, enters school with a 30-100 word vocabulary and has never understood the nuances of communication. Consequently, he has an extremely difficult time learning to read and write.

In adults, hearing impairment and deafness make it difficult to obtain, perform and keep employment. 80% of deaf and hearing-impaired people live in low- and middle-income communities. Many are either dependent on their extended family for support or resort to immoral activities to survive.

The vast majority of the deaf have no religion at all. Most have only visually seen the outward trappings of religion, and have never had it explained to them. Hearing Sunday School teachers and pastors, like hearing parents, are unable to communicate with the deaf. A Bible in sign language will finally give deaf teachers and leaders the materials they need to lead deaf communities to know the Lord. D.O.O.R. International (Deaf Opportunity OutReach), SIL and deaf churches and fellowships are working toward this end.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Ghana 0
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
GSEC 2  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.

Enthologue Language Map

Primary Language: Ghanaian Sign Language (0 speakers)
Language Code: gse   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Adamorobe Sign Language
Primary Language: Ghanaian Sign Language (0 speakers)
Language Code: gse   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Adamorobe Sign Language
For Primary Language: Ghanaian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
63.00 %
Ethnic Religions
13.00 %
0.00 %
24.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
2.0 %
35.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
3.0 %
41.0 %
Roman Catholic
19.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2016 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.