Deaf in Singapore





Largest Religion

Main Language


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Introduction / History

The Deaf in Singapore are found in every language group. Since Singapore is a first world country the percentage of deaf is probably comparable to the percentage in Western countries, i.e. 1 to 2 in every 1000 births. There are three major races found in Singapore: the Chinese are often Buddhist, some are Christian, Indian are Hindu with some Christian, and Malay are mostly Muslim. There are four official languages, Mandarin (Chinese), Tamil (Indian), Malay and English. While a hearing person in Singapore is likely to know several languages, the deaf are at a severe disadvantage to learn to lip-read and speak because of all these languages.

The standard of living is higher than that of any of the nearby nations. Singapore is a fairly flat, small island with a few hills in the centre. It is a crowded city with many well-built roads and high rise apartments, located just across a causeway from the southern tip of Malaysia.

In Singapore, the children are taught Signed Singaporean English which is not the way they sign when among themselves. Research is needed to see if the community would want and would use Holy Scripture if it were translated into their vernacular Singapore Sign Language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Singapore 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 3.2
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)
Singapore Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Singapore Sign Language
For Primary Language: Singapore Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
40.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.80 %)
16.00 %
Ethnic Religions
7.00 %
4.00 %
14.00 %
18.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
7.0 %
19.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
22.0 %
29.0 %
Roman Catholic
23.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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