Deaf in Taiwan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

There are approx. 80,000 Deaf and 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 Deaf churches. A few other churches also have ministries for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Recent years have seen a marked shift in Taiwan's attitudes toward deaf ness and Deaf communication. A well-funded private program intends to provide all eligible Deaf children with cochlear implants within the next twenty years.

Parents of Deaf and hearing impaired children are inclined to mainstream their children. The population of Deaf institutions/schools is increasingly comprised of multiply handicapped children with children who are just Deaf often 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 Deaf and hearing impaired communities.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Deaf in Taiwan.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Pronunciation def
Alternate Names
Population this Country 48,000
Population all Countries 50,266,000
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916
ROP25 Code 301989
ROP25 Name Deaf
Country Taiwan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Taiwan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
28.80 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
5.82 %
Ethnic Religions
60.77 %
0.00 %
0.35 %
2.31 %
Other / Small
1.95 %
0.00 %

Primary Language:  Taiwan Sign Language

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source David Bennett 
Profile Source Anonymous 
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