Deaf in Spain





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Introduction / History

The Deaf community (capital D) is the group of deaf people who identify and communicate with each other using their own sign language. Spanish Sign Language is a language totally different from simply signing or spelling Spanish. Nearly all Deaf Spaniards can read some written Spanish and communicate to a limited degree by lip reading. Their ability to read Spanish, however, is very limited.

Only ten percent of deaf people have deaf parents; few deaf children can communicate adequately with their hearing parents. Instead, deaf people congregate with each other at "associations" in urban centers. These "associations" are open most nights and provide full programs of social, cultural, sporting and support services so that most socialization takes place with other Deaf in these settings.

Spanish Deaf are nominally Catholic but most have no interest in pursuing an understanding of spiritual things. There are no churches just for Deaf. Two groups of Deaf meet regularly as part of a hearing church and there are Catholic services with signing in most of the larger population centers.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Spain 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 2.2
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:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Catalan Sign Language Spanish Sign Language Valencian Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Catalan Sign Language Spanish Sign Language
Valencian Sign Language
For Primary Language: Spanish 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 0.10 %)
77.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
22.00 %
0.00 %
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 %
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