Deaf in Italy





Largest Religion

Main Language


Patrick Speaks

Introduction / History

There were 14 Deaf schools established in the 1800 and today at least three Deaf secondary schools in the country, Rome, Turin and Padua. There are at least 5 elementary schools with Deaf programs scattered in the country with many private mainstreamed day classes in religious schools. Signs are forbidden in the schools but widely used in Deaf clubs. There is a strong oralist tradition in the country, which is why there are many regional Italian dialects.

There are at least 2 Deaf churches in Rome and Florence with many clubs scatted through the whole country with sports clubs being very popular. With only two Deaf churches and multiple signed ministries there is much need for leadership training throughout the country. Many Deaf are underemployed due to a lack of adequate vocational training and live on a small government subsidy. Deaf seem to be somewhat apathetic about religious things as the country has a history of institutionalized Roman Catholic influence. This means that many Deaf attend mass without real compression of the meaning of the service. The greatest need in the country is for Deaf to understand God's word and become believers who are grounded in their faith.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Italy 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 3.1
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
International Sign Italian Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
International Sign Italian Sign Language
For Primary Language: Italian 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 2.90 %)
82.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
3.00 %
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
2.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
1.0 %
Roman Catholic
97.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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