Deaf in Paraguay





Largest Religion

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Introduction / History

Paraguayan deaf people are located throughout the country of Paraguay, with most concentrated in the capital city of Asunción and the second largest city, Ciudad del Este. Very few deaf people live in the Chaco region of northern Paraguay. Deaf population estimates vary, but a local deaf association indicated that there are approximately 15 thousand signing deaf people in Paraguay.

There are seven deaf schools, only two of which offer secondary educa-tion. Paraguayan deaf education has traditionally used oral communication where students learn speech and lip-reading instead of sign language, but has recently begun to incorporate more sign language into classrooms. Some deaf students are integrated into special education or regular hearing classrooms with or without interpreters.

Deaf Paraguayans typically gather at deaf associations or religious meet-ings where their indigenous sign language, Lengua de Señas del Paraguay (LSPY), is used. There are seven deaf associations located throughout Para-guay. Five signed religious services are available in the country, all in Asunción. Because deaf Paraguayans indicate that they struggle accessing written Spanish materials, a translation team was formed in 2008 through Letra Paraguay to begin translating Scripture into LSPY.
Most Paraguayan deaf people typically work in manual labor jobs and receive lower than minimum wage. They are struggling for equality with hearing society and identify with each other as a unique Deaf Paraguayan culture. They indicate that their greatest community development needs include better and increased availability of interpreters, official recognition of LSPY and use of LSPY materials in Paraguay, and better educational and employment opportunities.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Paraguay 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:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Paraguayan Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Paraguayan Sign Language
For Primary Language: Paraguayan Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2011)
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 2.50 %)
96.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
89.0 %
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