Deaf in Romania

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


Introduction / History

The Deaf population in Romania is between twenty and thirty thousand people, according to the European Union of the Deaf. Major population centers include Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. Association meetings, sports events, and other social gatherings are some of the reasons that Deafpeople come together regularly.

Limbajul Semenelor Romanesc (Romanian Sign Language, abbreviated LSR) is used in their homes, at work and in places of worship. There is some variation in LSR in the following three regions: Transylvania (northwest), Moldavia (northeast), and Wallachia (south).

Deaf education is highly valued by the Deaf community; however, there is very little opportunity for this to occur. Teachers in Deaf schools are often hearing and teach in a combination of Romanian Sign Language and spoken or written Romanian. Most Deafchildren; however, are integrated into the hearing school system with a limited number of Deafstudents in one classroom. An increase in professional interpreters is needed.

The Associatia Nationala a Surzilor din Romania, the National Association of the Deaf in Romania (ANSR) is the leading Deaf organization in Romania. Their primary purpose is to increase opportunities for Deaf people to flourish in their Deaf culture through education and as a result see an increase in the quality of life.

A few materials have been produced in LSR such as: dictionaries, school materials, and DVD's (The Jesus Film). Deaf people in Romania have indicated that the two largest needs for materials are LSR educational materials and an LSR Bible translation.

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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Romania 0
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 3  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Romanian Sign Language
Language Code rms   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Romanian Sign Language
Primary Language Romanian Sign Language
Language Code rms   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Romanian Sign Language

Primary Language:  Romanian Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Romanian Sign Language
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.90 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
87.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
7.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
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