Deaf in Italy

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


Introduction / History

There were 14 Deaf schools established in the 1800 and today at least three Deaf secondary schools in the country, Rome, Turin and Padua. There are at least 5 elementary schools with Deaf programs scattered in the country with many private mainstreamed day classes in religious schools. Signs are forbidden in the schools but widely used in Deaf clubs. There is a strong oralist tradition in the country, which is why there are many regional Italian dialects.

There are at least 2 Deaf churches in Rome and Florence with many clubs scatted through the whole country with sports clubs being very popular. With only two Deaf churches and multiple signed ministries there is much need for leadership training throughout the country. Many Deaf are underemployed due to a lack of adequate vocational training and live on a small government subsidy. Deaf seem to be somewhat apathetic about religious things as the country has a history of institutionalized Roman Catholic influence. This means that many Deaf attend mass without real compression of the meaning of the service. The greatest need in the country is for Deaf to understand God's word and become believers who are grounded in their faith.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Italy Unknown
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 0  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Italian Sign Language
Language Code ise   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
International Sign
Other People Groups Speaking Italian Sign Language

Primary Language:  Italian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.90 %)
82.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
3.00 %
15.00 %
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 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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