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.
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|Region||Central and South America|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Primary Language||Uruguayan Sign Language|
|Language Code||ugy Ethnologue Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Uruguayan Sign Language|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.90 %)||
|Other / Small||
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