Deaf in Taiwan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


Introduction / History

There are approx. 80,000 Deafand hearing impaired individuals in Taiwan. Efforts to communicate the gospel to them are few. At present just a handful of individuals are engaged in evangelism or church planting among Taiwan's deaf. There are three Deafchurches. A few other churches also have ministries for the Deafand hearing impaired. Recent years have seen a marked shift in Taiwan's attitudes toward deafness and Deafcommunication. A well-funded private program intends to provide all eligible Deafchildren with cochlear implants within the next twenty years.

Parents of Deafand hearing impaired children are inclined to mainstream their children. The population of Deafinstitutions/schools is increasingly comprised of multiply handicapped children with children who are just Deafoften enrolled in regular schools. At all education levels and in all academic institutions, including those for the deaf, Taiwan Sign Language (TSL) is neglected in favor of oral and written communication in Mandarin. The use of TSL is on the decline. There is an ongoing Japanese Sign Language video Bible translation project. However, since Japanese Sign Language is at most 50% lexically similar to one or more dialects of TSL, the translation will not be of use to Taiwan's Deafand hearing impaired communities.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Taiwan 0
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
Country Taiwan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Taiwan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Taiwan Sign Language
Language Code tss   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Chinese Sign Language
People Groups Speaking Taiwan Sign Language

Primary Language:  Taiwan 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: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
29.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
63.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
35.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
13.0 %
31.0 %
Roman Catholic
21.0 %
Photo Source David Bennett 
Profile Source Anonymous  
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