Deaf in Spain

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


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 Unknown
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 2  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language:  Spanish Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2007–2014)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Text / Printed Matter Door International
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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