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

Spoken languages



Sign languages

Chadian Sign Language

Related sign languages:

American Sign Language

Nigerian Sign Language

Population of Deaf/deaf people

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 of the problem of political violence and lack of security in our country.

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Association Nationale des Deficients auditifs au Tchad (ANDAT) (Facebook)

Church and Christian Mission for Deaf Persons in Chad ; established in 1995. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

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:

The Government has a Law on the Education of Handicapped People - see Chp 2 of the Law #007/PR/2007 of May 9, 2007 ‘Special 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)
Secondary (From 12/13 years old to 17/18 years old)
University (After 18 years old)
Vocational Education/Training

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:

11 Deaf Schools
Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)

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

None, The Government has not yet set up a structure to service people with handicaps at university.
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. Sign language interpreting qualifications.


3.The way Deaf people access sign language interpreters:

In general most Deaf people only have access to interpreters in church and at meetings.

4.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:

National Association of the Deaf

5.The area of life sign language interpreting services are available:

Social Services
Educational Services

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

Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
National Association of the Deaf/Deaf Group pays

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

1,500FCFA per hour (2.29€ on 31st May 2008).

8.Sign language interpreters sometimes provide voluntary service for sign language interpreting assignments.

9.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


10.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


11.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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