Deaf in Uruguay

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

15 and Learning to Speak


Introduction / History

Secularism and affluence have made Uruguay one of the least evangelized countries in South America. These factors make reaching the Deafpopulation with the Gospel even more challenging. Every Deafcommunity takes on the characteristics of the country they are in, and Uruguayans in general are hard to reach for Christ; the Deafcommunity is harder. Just putting an interpreter in a church is not the answer, especially when the Deafdo not have any Bible background or knowledge. Some have estimated that Deafpeople attending a church with interpretive sign language alone understand only two percent of the message. However, their understanding increases to 100 percent when the entire worship service including the sermon is in sign language.

Although Deafschools initially used oralism as the preferred communication philosophy in Deafeducation, bilingual methods that incorporated sign language and Spanish began to be adopted into Deafschools in 1989. There may be some variation in sign language use throughout the country, with some sources pointing to geographical region and age being sociolinguistic variables impacting language use, it still appears that the Uruguayan Deafcommunity uses a single sign language: Uruguayan Sign Language.

The Uruguay Deaf Association and Center for the Investigation and Development of Deaf People are effectively bringing the Deafcommunity together and training interpreters to meet ongoing educational and social access needs throughout Uruguay. Future community development work is focused on increasing access to interpreters in university and health care settings as well as creating an atmosphere where DeafUruguayans have equal employment opportunities that capitalize on their individual skills and training.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Deaf
People Name in Country Deaf
Population in Uruguay 0
World Population Unknown
Total Countries 216
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19007
ROP3 Code 114916

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Uruguayan Sign Language
Language Code ugy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uruguayan Sign Language
Primary Language Uruguayan Sign Language
Language Code ugy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uruguayan Sign Language

Primary Language:  Uruguayan Sign Language

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video The Hope Video
Text / Printed Matter Door International
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.90 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
8.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
27.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
7.0 %
2.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
6.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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