Deaf in Romania





Largest Religion

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Introduction / History

The deaf population in Romania is between twenty and thirty thousand people, according to the European Union of the Deaf. Major population centers include Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. Association meetings, sports events, and other social gatherings are some of the reasons that deaf people come together regularly.

Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc (Romanian Sign Language, abbreviated LSR) is used in their homes, at work and in places of worship. There is some variation in LSR in the following three regions: Transylvania (northwest), Moldavia (northeast), and Wallachia (south).

Deaf education is highly valued by the deaf community; however, there is very little opportunity for this to occur. Teachers in deaf schools are often hearing and teach in a combination of Romanian Sign Language and spoken or written Romanian. Most deaf children; however, are integrated into the hearing school system with a limited number of deaf students in one classroom. An increase in professional interpreters is needed.

The Associatia Nationala a Surzilor din Romania, the National Association of the Deaf in Romania (ANSR) is the leading deaf organization in Romania. Their primary purpose is to increase opportunities for deaf people to flourish in their deaf culture through education and as a result see an increase in the quality of life.

A few materials have been produced in LSR such as: dictionaries, school materials, and DVD's (The Jesus Film). Deaf people in Romania have indicated that the two largest needs for materials are LSR educational materials and an LSR Bible translation.

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

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Romanian Sign Language Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.90 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
87.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
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