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


Indigenous signs for "Kuwait"

Illustrations in the literature

"Kuwait" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 85.)

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Kuwaiti 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 government recognises the country's sign language(s) in : the Constitution and Legislation.

2. The year when the country’s government formally recognises the country’s sign language(s): 1960.

3. Deaf Association/Deaf Group lobbies the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s).

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Kuwait Club for the Deaf (WFD member)

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:

Supreme Council for Disabled People Law 49/1996.

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

Early intervention (Up to 5 years old)
Kindergarten (Between 3/4 years old to 5/6 years old)
Primary (From 5/6 years old to 11/12 years old)
Intermediate (From 11/12 years old to 13/14 years old)
Secondary (From 15/16 years old to 17/18 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:

Primary (From 5/6 years old to 11/12 years old)
Intermediate (From 11/12 years old to 13/14 years old)
Secondary (From 15/16 years old to 17/18 years old)

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:

None, Deaf children and students receive an education in public schools.

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

None, because of their low level of education.
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:

About ten Interpreters

2. Sign language interpreting qualifications:

There is.

3.The provider of the training for people who want to become qualified sign language interpreters:

National Association of the Deaf

4.Total years of training to become a sign languate interpreters:

Less than One Year

5.The number of sign language interpreters who have formal interpreting qualifications in the country:

No information supplied

6.The way Deaf people access sign language interpreters:

Through the Kuwaiti Sports Club for the Deaf

7.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:

National Association of the Deaf

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

Court Services
Educational Services

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

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

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

10 Kuwaiti Dinars (26.42€ on 15th September 2008)

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

12.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


13.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


14.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


Al-Hilawani, Yasser A. 2009. Perspectives and reviews on Deafness in the state of Kwait and the United Arab Emirates. In: Moores, Donald F. and Margery S. Miller eds. Deaf people around the world: Educational and social perspectives. Washington,DC: Gallaudet University Press. 119-132.

World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. 2008. Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Arab Region (WFD RSAR). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.


History of sign language research



Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Kuwait

Kuwaiti Sign Language Dictionary

Sign language dictionary nearly complete


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