Deaf in Nicaragua





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Introduction / History

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Its population is estimated to be six million people, with one-quarter of these living in the capital city of Managua. Approximately 600,000 of its people are deaf, far exceeding the estimates in surrounding Central American countries.

Elementary education is compulsory and free in Nicaragua, but secondary education for the deaf is lacking, primarily due to the lack of interpreters. The small Christian Deaf School in Managua appears to be the only one that offers a high school education to deaf students.

In addition to secondary education, the Deaf in Nicaragua feel the need for a broader public knowledge of sign language in order to provide for employment and integration of deaf people; interpreting services by the government for national news and messages from the President; investigation, compilation and standardization of Nicaraguan Sign Language; and, sign language awareness in government institutions.

There are five small deaf ministries conducted in Nicaraguan Sign Language connected with local churches in Managua but it is unknown if any exist outside the capital city. Jehovah's Witnesses have a strong presence in the country.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Nicaragua 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007
Country Nicaragua
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread, especially Managua.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nicaraguan Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nicaraguan Sign Language
For Primary Language: Nicaraguan 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 0.01 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
69.0 %
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