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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Iran
Formal name of the country/area Islamic Republic of Iran
Country/area information The World Factbook(CIA)


Indigenous signs for "Iran"

Illustrations in the literature

"Iran" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 84.)

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Persian Sign Language (Iranian Sign Language)

Tea House Sign Language

Population of Deaf/deaf people

Legal status of sign languages

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Iranian National Center for the Deaf  (WFD member)

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

Islamic Republic of Iran Welfare Organization ed. 1989. Persian Sign Language collection for the deaf. Tehran? :Islamic Republic of Iran Welfare Organization, Education and Research Office, Rehabilitation Research Group.


Behmanesh, Abbas Ali. 2007. Iranian Deaf Culture. In : Goodstein, Harvey ed. The Deaf Way II Reader : Perspectives from the Second International Conference on Deaf Culture. Washington,DC: Gallaudet University Press. 193-198.

Ghahrman Rouzbeh. 2003. Deaf in Iran. Paper presented at the Conference of Deaf History International, held in Paris, 2003.

Ghahreman, Rouzbeh. 2002. The development of education and training of the deaf in Islamic countries: case study of Iran. M.A. thesis, Islamic Azad University, Iran. [in Persian]

Behmanesh, Abbas Ali. 2002. Deaf Way II Presentation : On Iranian Deaf Culture.

Akabarloo, N. and M. Ghadami. 2000. The study of psycho-educational variables affect[ing] educational achievement of included hearing impaired students in Iran -2001. In: Proceedings of 5th International Special Education Congress, University of Manchester, July 2000. (CD–Rom).

Hadadian, Azar. 1996. Beyond the National Boundaries : History of deaf education in Iran. In: Fischer, Renate and Tomas Vollhaber, with H. Zienert eds. Collage: works on international deaf history Hamburg : 117-124.

Islamic Republic of Iran Welfare Organisation ed. 1989. Persian Sign Language collection for the Deaf. Education & Research Office, Rehabilitation Research Group.

Sparhawk, Carol M. 1978. Contrastive-identificational features of Persian gesture. In: Semiotica v.24 no.1-2. 49-86.

Pashimi, A. R. 1976. The difference in incidence of deafness between offspring of paternal and maternal consanguineous matings in Iran, with its implications for deafness in the Third World. In: Crammatte, F. B. and A.B. Crammatte eds. Full Citizenship for All Deaf People. VII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, Washington, DC, USA, July 31 - August 7, 1975. 165-166.

Sydenham, Roger. 1974. Visit to Iran. In : Hearing. 29: 172-174.

Phillott, D. C. 1907. A note on Sign-, Gesture-, Code-, and Secret-language, etc., amongst the Persians. In : Journal of Asiatic Society of Bengal III (9) 619-622.

Iran Welfare Organisation. Assistant of Rehabilitation Affairs. Deaf People Rehabilitation in Iran. Tehran.


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Deaf Community - Iran

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