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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Bhutan
Formal name of the country/area Kingdom of Bhutan
Country/area information The World Factbook (CIA)
Wikipedia (English)


Indigenous signs for "Bhutan"

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Population of Deaf/deaf people

The National Government’s official number of Deaf people : 6170. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

Legal status of sign languages

  • Status of the National Sign Language(s) from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1. The recognition of the country's sign language is : developing now.

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

Deaf Education Unit, Bhutan; established in 2004. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

The challenge of an indigenous sign language

Construction of the first “School for Hearing-impaired (deaf-mute) Children with Hostels for Girls and Boys” in Drukyel near Paro

Visit of Drukgyel Deaf School

Bhutan to begin deaf education

  • Access to Education from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The government recognizes that Deaf children and Deaf students have the right to receive an education.

2.Legislation or policies on Deaf Education:


3.The government provides those educational settings for Deaf children and Deaf students:

Primary (From 5/6 years old to 12/13 years old)

4.The government provides bilingual education using the country’s sign language(s) for Deaf children and Deaf students:


5.Total number of schools specifically for Deaf children and Deaf students in the country, and the educational approach for communicating with Deaf children and students at the Deaf School:

Oral and sign lauguage (Total Communication)

6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:

We have not reached that level
No sign language interpreting service

Sign language interpretation

  • Status of Sign Language Interpreting Services from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The number of sign language interpreters in the country:


2.The provdier of the sign language interpreting services:


Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

The country does not have a sign language dictionary. (from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below))


World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. 2008. Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific (WFD RSA/P). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.


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