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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Macau
Formal name of the country/area Macau Special Administrative Region
Country/area information The World Factbook (CIA)
Wikipedia (English)


Indigenous signs for "Macau"

Illustrations in the literature

"Macau" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 16.)

Spoken languages



Sign languages

Macao Sign Language

Population of Deaf/deaf people

Legal status of sign languages

Sign language has no officially recognized status. (Government Implementation of the Standard Rules As Seen By Member Organizations of World Federation of the Deaf – WFD : Macau Deaf Association, Macau , 1997.)

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Macau Deaf Association (WFD member)

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

Sign language interpretation

  • Asia Pacific region survey from WASLI. 2007. WASLI Newsletter 2007 Issue 6. (See Bibliography below).

1.The number of sign language interpreters that are working:


2. The sign language in the country :

Macau Sign Language

3. Spoken languages:

Chinese, Portuguese, Cantonese

4. This country has some Interpreter training programmes.

5. The rates for using a sign language interpreter(given in US Dollars according the exchange rate 13/9/06):

Per Hour : N/A
Deaf People : No charge
NGO’s : No charge
Companies or Businesses : No charge
Other : 13.00 to 26.00 per hour

Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

1992. Ao-men shou yü pien hui. Macao, China: The Chung Hsin.


WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters ). 2007. WASLI Newsletter 2007 Issue 6 Kampala, Uganda.

Kobayashi, Masayuki. 2000. Deaf in Asia(8) : Macao. In: Sign Language Communication Studies (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 38(2000.12) :72-75.


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