Deaf in Portugal

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


Introduction / History

The Deafpopulation of Portugal is proud of their language and culture. According to the European Union of the Deaf, the Deafpopulation using sign language is approximately 11,500 (European Union of the Deaf). The largest Deafpopulations are located in Lisboa and Porto, with Lisboa being the larger of the two. Deaf people meet together on a regular basis for sports activities, association meetings, and other social gatherings.

An unsuccessful attempt to make Lingua Gestual Portuguesa (Portuguese Sign Language, LGP) an official language of Portugal was made in 2004. (Portuguese Assembly of the Republic 2012) Hope remains strong to make LGP an officially recognized language in the future.

Most Deafstudents are mainstreamed while other Deafstudents attend Deafonly schools. Public schools either include Deafstudents in otherwise hearing classrooms or have separate classrooms for Deafstudents where an interpreter is provided most of the time. Within the past 4-6 years a few Universities have opened their doors more readily to Deafstudents.

Professionally trained interpreters are available in Portugal but more are needed. Some interpreters are available to assist students in the classrooms but many Deafstudents have to pay for their own interpreters. Interpreter certification is available and has two main requirements according to a code of ethics included in legislation passed in 1999. The two requirements to be certified as an interpreter in Portugal are: training in a sign language, and completion of a college-level interpreting program using an approved curriculum.

Some materials have been produced in LGP including dictionaries, children's stories and educational materials. The Deafcommunity indicates that their greatest needs are for more educational materials of all kinds to be produced, for more hearing people to learn sign language and for Deafpeople to take an active role in politics, government, creating awareness and leading within the Deafcommunity.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Portugal 0
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 0  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
Country Portugal
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Portugal
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Portuguese Sign Language
Language Code psr   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Portuguese Sign Language

Primary Language:  Portuguese 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 0.09 %)
94.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
1.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
1.0 %
Roman Catholic
95.0 %
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