Cape Verde


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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Cape Verde
Formal name of the country/area Republic of Cape Verde
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Indigenous signs for "Cape Verde"

Illustrations in the literature

"Cape Verde" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 94.)

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Population of Deaf/deaf people

The National Government’s official number of Deaf people : 1,550. Association of Support for the Development and Integration of Handicapped Children (established in 1997)'s official or approximate number of Deaf people: 1,550.  (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 country’s government does not formally recognise the country’s sign language(s).

2. Deaf Association/Deaf Group does not lobby the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s), because, a sign language does not exist.

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

(1)Associacao Cabo-verdiana de Deficientes (ACD)

(2)Associacao de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento e Integracao da Crianca Deficiente(AADICD)

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

  • 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:

No information provided

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


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


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:


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


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. Sign language interpreting qualifications.


3.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:


4.The payment for interpreting services, and those who are responsible for paying:

Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
Deaf people pay
Others: service users

5.The average hourly rate of payment for sign language interpreters:


6.Sign language interpreters do not provide voluntary service for all sign language interpreting assignments.


7.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


8.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters.


9.Legislation or policy in the country which states that the government has a responsibility for the provision of sign language :


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 ( 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 Western and Central Africa Region (WFD WCAR). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.


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