Deaf in Turkey





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Introduction / History

In Turkey there is no Sign Language in Deaf schools. Most of the Deaf are born to parents who can hear. There are variations in the use of Turkish Sign Language in different parts of the country but in spite of this it is possible for these Deaf people to understand each other.

Turkish Sign Language is a visual one. There has been little or no use of Sign Language in Deaf schools in Turkey since the early nineteen fifties. Sign Language has been replaced by oral education. There are attempts now to get Sign Language into schools here. There are many Deaf schools in Turkey.

The Turkish Federation for the Deaf was formed in the 1960's and since then there have been many Deaf clubs.

Turkey is officially a secular state but Islam is the religion here.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Turkish Christians will find ways of leading the Turkish Deaf to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Turkish Sign Language will be taught in Turkish schools.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Turkey 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 216
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Deaf
People Cluster Deaf
People Name General Deaf
Ethnic Code
People ID 19007
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Turkish Sign Language
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkish Sign Language
For Primary Language: Turkish Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Door International Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
96.80 %
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
56.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
29.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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